Ole Gunnar Solskjaer assistant tells Manchester United to sack Erik ten Hag

Erik ten Hag won the FA Cup but finished 8th in the Premier LeagueErik ten Hag won the FA Cup but finished 8th in the Premier League
Erik ten Hag won the FA Cup but finished 8th in the Premier League | Getty Images
Man Utd are yet to decide whether or not they should sack manager Erik ten Hag.

Mike Phelan believes Manchester United should sack Erik ten Hag despite ending the season on a high with victory in the FA Cup.

The verdict is still out on Ten Hag after a positive end to a very disappointing season, in which United recorded their lowest ever finish in the Premier League era. Ten Hag will argue that the club's extensive injury issues played a huge part in their struggles on the pitch, though Phelan believes you have 'get on with it' no matter what the circumstances are.

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Phelan was removed from his role as an assistant coach shortly after Ten Hag was appointed, having previously served as Sir Alex Ferguson's assistant in 2008 and one of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's when he arrived at the club ten years later.

Asked about the future of the United manager, Phelan argued that he would have already have been sacked in a previous era at the club. “Past regimes I would have said he would have been gone,” he told talkSPORT. “Yes the ownership is still there but I think this new regime is looking for continuity. I think that’s a different attitude, whether that gives Ten Hag the opportunity to go again, I’m not sure.”

When asked if he felt Ten Hag had already shown enough potential to be given another season, he shot down the suggestion. "No, I don’t. That is just the way I see it. We are talking about Manchester United here. It’s a big decision. An important decision.

“(Ten Hag) has been forthright and honest. He obviously sees things internally, he’s got a group of players where he is going to get some out and get some in. He’s confident he is going to take it to another level and that’s great.”

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He added: “He won the FA Cup out of the blue I think nobody expected it, playing in a style he should have thought about a little bit earlier in the season. This season you can’t say anything other than it’s been very disappointing. Not just the performances look at the stats, the stats tell you everything, goals conceded, goals scored even, it’s been unusual.”

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