Manchester United announce decision on Erik ten Hag after INEOS season review

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Manchester United have confirmed Erik ten Hag will remain in charge of the club after a period of uncertainty around his future.

The Manchester Evening News understands that after the conclusion of INEOS' season review, United have decided Ten Hag is the best choice to take the club forward.

Club sources have indicated constructive talks with Ten Hag on the outcome of the review have been held. The Dutchman has now entered negotiations over a contract extension and can begin preparation for the 2024/25 season, which will be his third in Manchester.

Ten Hag has entered the final year of his contract and the feeling was United would have to enter fresh contract talks with the 53-year-old if they decided to keep him.

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Ten Hag ended the season on a high by winning the FA Cup against Manchester City, but United finished eighth in the Premier League and recorded a minus goal difference.

United's dismal league form of 14 defeats was a Premier League-era record and they finished bottom of their Champions League group in December, winning only one of their six games.

However, Ten Hag was forced to contend with an injury crisis throughout the season and the majority of supporters wanted him to remain in charge after FA Cup success.

It's understood INEOS officials have recognised the achievement of winning two trophies in two seasons and Ten Hag has been given a vote of confidence to continue as manager.

The season review concluded that Ten Hag deserves a chance to show what he's capable of achieving within a new sporting structure, which Sir Jim Ratcliffe has implemented.

The length of the review process has been criticised, but club sources have stressed it made sense to conduct a more thorough review than usual given the change of ownership. Ratcliffe's investment into the club was announced on Christmas Eve but made official in February.

United feel they have reached the right outcome on Ten Hag and staff were reluctant to make a knee-jerk reaction.