Gary Neville has warned Erik ten Hag that he could be sacked at Manchester United as the Dutchman will suffer the same fate as his predecessors due to the club’s leaderless approach.
United were eliminated from the Carabao Cup after losing 3-0 at home to Newcastle on Wednesday night, just three days after losing by the same result to Manchester City.
Ten Hag has now endured United’s worst start to a season since the 1962/63 season and the club have lost five of their first ten home games at Old Trafford for the first time since 1930/31.
United finished third in the Dutchman’s first season as manager, ending a six-year wait for the title, but they have taken drastic steps backwards this season with Ten Hag seemingly unable to halt the decline.
“Last night we saw the theater of dreams turn into the theater of nothing.” “Every single United fan is bored and exhausted,” Neville wrote on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter.
Gary Neville has warned Erik ten Hag that he must be sacked from Manchester United
Neville believes Ten Hag’s problems stem from a lack of structure at the club
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“On the pitch the players are in shock, the performances are pathetic and a manager is struggling in front of our eyes.”
And the former United right-back warned the run of dismal results could spell trouble for Ten Hag.
“We’ve seen it before, we know how it ends and we’ve had enough,” he added.
The Dutchman is United’s fifth permanent manager since Sir Alex Ferguson retired after winning the Premier League in 2013.
David Moyes’ ill-fated spell at Old Trafford lasted nine months, while Louis Van Gaal suffered an unceremonious defenestration after two seasons despite winning the FA Cup in 2015.
Jose Mourinho won two trophies but was sacked midway through his third season at United, who were 19 points behind the leaders after just seven wins in 17 Premier League games.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced the Portuguese on an interim basis in December 2018 and was appointed as permanent coach four months later.
In July 2021, just two months after United lost the Europa League final on penalties to Villarreal, the Norwegian signed a three-year contract extension.
Neville suggested that ten Hag’s predicament was similar to that of his predecessors
United were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Newcastle on Wednesday evening
However, he disappeared within four months after United picked up just 17 points from the first 12 league games of the season and was temporarily replaced by Ralf Rangnick.
And Neville believes ten Hag’s problems are down to a lack of football structure at Old Trafford.
“In the last two games, Manchester United have played against two clubs who have set up proper football departments to support the team on and off the pitch,” he said.
“The complete opposite of United.” “We don’t have a sporting director.”