Ex-Manchester United star urges Sir Jim Ratcliffe to spend £300k-a-week on Erik ten Hag replacement

Erik ten Hag has said he is not concerned by Everton's 23 shots in Manchester United's 2-0 win.Erik ten Hag has said he is not concerned by Everton's 23 shots in Manchester United's 2-0 win.
Erik ten Hag has said he is not concerned by Everton's 23 shots in Manchester United's 2-0 win. | Getty Images
Unai Emery currently has Aston Villa sitting fourth - above Man Utd - in the Premier League

Ben Foster believes Unai Emery would join Manchester United for a mammoth £300,000 per week.

Wins over Everton and Liverpool in recent weeks has eased the pressure levels on Erik ten Hag. However, one shock defeat appears to be all it takes to reignite speculation regarding his future.

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The Dutchman enjoyed a solid debut campaign, finishing third, winning the Carabao Cup and reaching the FA Cup final. That was despite several high-profile incidents including a public fallout with Cristiano Ronaldo.

But 2023-24 has proven more testing for Ten Hag, with United facing an uphill battle to qualify for the Champions League. As it stands, the Red Devils are nine points behind fourth-placed Aston Villa.

Fifth spot - currently occupied by Tottenham Hotspur - could guarantee a seat at UEFA’s top table providing the remaining English clubs perform in Europe. Failing to secure Champions League qualification might prove enough for a drastic managerial change at Old Trafford.

Many feel as though Ten Hag is on borrowed time since Ratcliffe was given sporting control of the club. As a remnant of the Glazer era, the former Ajax coach holds the only key role yet to change hands under the new regime.

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Speaking on his YouTube channel, ex-United goalkeeper Foster named Villa boss Emery as a potential option - even if the Spaniard costs a fortune. He said: “If Man United wanted Unai Emery, they come in and go ‘£300,000 a week’ and he goes, ‘what, £300,000 a week, five-year deal?’

“He’ll go (to United) as long as you write it in the contract that he is guaranteed five years' money. So if you sack him after a month, he’s guaranteed (to be paid). It’s worth £70/80million to him. He’s going to go. It’s as simple as that.”

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