Erik ten Hag receives Man Utd sack warning ahead of Coventry City FA Cup semi-final

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Erik ten Hag will be sacked by Manchester United if they lose to Coventry City in the FA Cup semi-finals, believes former Red Devils goalkeeper Mark Bosnich.

Ten Hag’s future at Old Trafford has been in the spotlight since Sir Jim Ratcliffe bought a stake in the club and took control of football operations earlier this season. United have struggled during Ten Hag’s second season in charge and look set to miss out on qualifying for next season’s Champions League.

It is thought winning the FA Cup could save Ten Hag from the chop in the summer, with the Sky Blues set to face United in the last four of the tournament at Wembley on April 21. Defending champions Manchester City tackle Chelsea in the other semi-final.

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“Winning the FA Cup could save Erik ten Hag’s job, and they should take care of Coventry City quite easily which could see them play Manchester City in the final,” said Bosnich. “They won’t be able to catch Aston Villa or Tottenham for a Champions League spot in the Premier League table but if they put in good performances and win the FA Cup he will be safe.

“If they lose to Coventry then I can see Ten Hag being sacked, if they get to the final and have a heavy defeat then I can also see him being sacked. If United lose to Coventry then I think that will be it for Ten Hag in the job.

“It’s quite ironic that it could come against Mark Robins' team who might well have saved Fergie’s job all those years ago in the FA Cup run on the way to beating Palace.”

United have injury problems ahead of the tie and could be missing up to six defenders against Coventry. Marcus Rashford was also forced off in their last match against Liverpool with an injury.

“I don’t think United will completely thrash Coventry who have had a good season under Mark Robins, but I can see it being a comfortable scoreline in the end,” added Bosnich, speaking to “I think it will be 3-0.”

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