'He's gone' – Erik ten Hag decision 'already made' as Sir Jim Ratcliffe has new manager incoming

The pressure was on Erik ten Hag after Manchester United's FA Cup semi-final
The pressure was on Erik ten Hag after Manchester United's FA Cup semi-final -Credit:Eddie Keogh - The FA/The FA via Getty Images

Alan Shearer believes Sir Jim Ratcliffe and the Manchester United hierarchy may have already made their decision on Erik ten Hag's future as manager.

Ten Hag is under increasing pressure at United and his side's limp collapse in the FA Cup semi-final against Coventry – which they only won on penalties after losing a 3-0 lead – has weakened his position.

Thomas Tuchel, the current Bayern Munich manager and former boss of PSG and Chelsea, is the latest high-profile name to be linked to the United job with many now expecting Ten Hag to depart when the season ends.

The Dutchman called speculation regarding his future "crazy" after the Coventry tie, but Shearer gets the sense that Ten Hag is running out of rope at Old Trafford.

Speaking on The Rest is Football podcast, the former England striker said: "I think the future of the Manchester United manager is determined. Even if they win the FA Cup, I think he’s gone, I don’t think it matters.

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"It may be wrong but I get the feeling that winning the FA Cup will not be enough for him, when you look at the players, the attitude, where they are in the league, where they want to be, I think he’s already gone.

"I don’t know it, it’s just a guess but the players' attitude and ability, it’s a hunch that the decision is already made. New owners, new director of football, new this, new that, it tells you that new manager or coach incoming."

Ten Hag still has to beat Manchester City to win the FA Cup, but he wouldn't be the first United manager to lose their job straight after success at Wembley. Louis van Gaal guided United to the cup in 2016 but was sacked soon after.

Shearer admitted United were lucky to even get to the final after a 'shambolic' second-half performance. From coasting to victory, they ended up hanging on and only a VAR offside call denied Coventry a winner in the last seconds of extra time.

"We hadn’t got a clue (how the game would go) because we don’t know what Man United is going to turn up because they’ve been so inconsistent," added Shearer. "First-half they were good, in the second-half they were shambolic, they were made to be.

"But Jesus, you can’t help but feel sorry for Coventry and how they were out. Penalties is cruel but to be on the brink of going out to then having to go out that way is really painful."