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Uncertainty Surrounds Ten Hag as He Prepares for FA Cup Final

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As Manchester United gears up for the final against , the club's manager, Erik ten Hag, finds himself in a precarious position amidst swirling rumors of his imminent sacking, regardless of the outcome of the match.

Reports emerged on Friday suggesting that the Dutchman would be relieved of his duties following the Wembley showdown with Manchester City on Saturday (15:00 BST). However, Manchester United has refrained from commenting on these speculations.

Sources within the club emphasize that their sole focus remains on the upcoming final and ending a challenging season on a positive note. They have confirmed that an end-of-season review will be conducted, after which a decision regarding Ten Hag's future will be made.

The current situation bears resemblance to events from eight years ago when Louis van Gaal was informed of his impending dismissal just 24 hours after winning the 2016 final against Crystal Palace.

Manchester United's eighth-place finish in the Premier League this season, their lowest since 1989-90, adds to the uncertainty surrounding the managerial position. Notably, a in the FA Cup final would result in the club missing out on European football for only the second time since 1981-82.

Speculation regarding potential replacements for Ten Hag includes names such as Thomas Tuchel, Gareth Southgate, Mauricio Pochettino, Kieran McKenna, and Thomas Frank.

In a pre-match press conference, Ten Hag indicated that talks with the club's new ownership group had already taken place, and he plans to go on holiday after the final.

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel expressed skepticism about Ten Hag's future, citing the changes within the club's hierarchy, including Ineos Group's acquisition of a significant stake and the anticipated appointment of Omar Berrada as chief executive.

Schmeichel remarked on the club's recent managerial turnover, questioning the direction of the "project" under new ownership.

As Manchester United navigates through a crucial period, the outcome of the FA Cup final could have significant ramifications for the club's managerial landscape and future trajectory.

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