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Man Utd could be prevented from sacking Erik ten Hag even if they wanted to as worrying problem emerges

Man Utd could be prevented from sacking Erik ten Hag even if they wanted to as worrying problem emerges

It's a strange situation.

Manchester United could be prevented from sacking Erik ten Hag for a worrying reason.

United fell to a dismal 3-0 defeat against Bournemouth at Old Trafford to leave Ten Hag’s position under increasing pressure.

Having come into the game off the back of an encouraging 2-1 win over Chelsea on Wednesday, United quickly found themselves a goal behind as Dominic Solanke scored after just five minutes.

Andoni Iraola’s side extended their lead through substitute Philip Billing and Marcos Senesi to increase the scrutiny on Ten Hag, whose men only registered three shots on target.

But even if there was a desire among the United hierarchy to relieve Ten Hag of his duties, it may not be possible.

The Athletic has reported that some close to the club feel that no major decision will be taken before incoming minority investor Sir Jim Ratcliffe, who will take over footballing matters at Old Trafford, has his feet officially under the table.

Until then the Glazers reportedly do not want to cause an upheaval.

Moreover, questions are allegedly being raised as to whether United can currently afford to sack Ten Hag, given it would cost a substantial amount in compensation payments in both a dismissal and the hiring of a replacement.

In turn, United are said to be in a state of purgatory with Ten Hag.

After the display against Bournemouth, the former Ajax boss questioned the mentality of his team.

He said, via Sky Sports: "We started very poorly. There was I think a big difference, I think, to Chelsea when we started the game very well and we were very aggressive and very focused.

“Today, we were not.”

Of conceding so early, Ten Hag added: "It was our fault in the build-up. We knew they were aggressive in the pressing. You shouldn't give away the ball so easily. Then, defending in transition, we gave them too much space.

"It's a good goal from their side, but from our side, you can't be starting like this. You have to get a better position and it all has to do with focusing."

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Topics: Football, Manchester United, Erik Ten Hag, Premier League