Former Aston Villa striker wants Manchester United job as Erik Ten Hag faces axe

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag
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Former Aston Villa striker Dwight Yorke wants the Manchester United job and says the FA Cup final is make or break for Erik Ten Hag.

Ten Hag is expected to be sacked by United even if they somehow beat Manchester City in the showpiece at Wembley. Kieran McKenna, Mauricio Pochettino and Thomas Frank have all be mentioned as potential candidates for the role. But in an interview with the Daily Mail, former Aston Villa striker Yorke says he should also be considered.

"The kind of character, the way I come across, know how to coach, the little learning experience I've got, the people I'm going to bring in to make that football club better in my backroom staff is very important,' Yorke said. "Manchester United is a job you can't turn down. It's too big a job.

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"The DNA of football has been there. I've proved that I can manage in a short space of time in winning that [the Australia Cup].' Trust me, if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can manage, I definitely could be a manager."

Yorke's only experience in the dugout was at Macarthur in Australia where he won the club's first piece of silverware. The ex-United forward is respectful of Ten Hag, but believes dispensing with his services if he wins the FA Cup would be questionable.

"In my opinion, the FA Cup final is the make-or-break game for him. If he wins then I think it would be very harsh on a manager who has had two seasons at the club, winning two major competitions, not too many managers have been able to do that,' Yorke said.

"If you were to win two cups in two years, I think that should buy you another year. But I do believe if he doesn't, where we are as a football club, he hasn't really advanced us,' Yorke. From a football standpoint, he hasn't produced what we expected him to produce.

"With United, the fundamentals in the game, which are structure, balance, and a system that everybody works with, I don't see that. I don't see the pattern of play week in, week out. When people come in, they [should] have a clear identity and idea of the way the team is playing. I don't see that.

"I just see 11 players going out and it's kind of a hit-and-miss. If something happens, brilliant, we win a game. But there's no togetherness, no structure. I find it very disappointing from that standpoint."

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