Ten Hag bullish he can lead new Manchester United era despite poor run

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  • Coach confident he can convince Jim Ratcliffe he is best choice
  • ‘We have to step up. I have to lead the process’

Erik ten Hag said it is clear Manchester United are underperforming after falling to a ninth Premier League defeat of the season but he is confident he will convince Sir Jim Ratcliffe he is the best manager to lead the club in the long term. Defeat at Nottingham Forest means United have lost five of their past eight games in all competitions and 14 before the turn of the year for the first time since the 1930-31 season.

Ten Hag previously said he was looking forward to working with Ratcliffe, who has taken control of football operations after acquiring a 25% stake in the club. The United manager said he and Ratcliffe will set “high targets” when they meet. Sir Dave Brailsford, the Ineos director of sport who is poised to take a prominent role on United’s football board and report to Ratcliffe, was in the directors’ box at the City Ground alongside legendary former manager, Sir Alex Ferguson.

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Written by Ben Fisher at the City Ground
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/2023/dec/30/ten-hag-bullish-he-can-lead-new-manchester-united-era-despite-poor-run under the title “Ten Hag bullish he can lead new Manchester United era despite poor run”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.