Erik ten Hag: “We’re talking about the future together.”

Speaking ahead of Manchester United’s FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest, Erik ten Hag doesn’t believe that he has to prove himself to Sir Jim Ratcliffe, who last week completed a £1.25bn deal for a 27.7% stake in the Premier League club.

When asked whether or not he feels that he’s on trial, Ten Hag replied: “No, but I want to win every game. And so I know also I’m in a process so I know what I’m doing.

“And as I just said, I have had many talks consistently. We have talks and we’re talking about the future. We’re talking about a future together so yeah, I’m focusing on those two points.

“To progress the team in this moment, every time to the next game, and to think about the future and do that in togetherness.”

After five successive wins across all competitions, Manchester United suffered a 2-1 defeat against Fulham at the weekend. Alex Iwobi secured a win in the sixth minute of stoppage time for Fulham, but it’s a defeat that’s put a dent in Manchester United’s Champions League aspirations with the club now eight points behind Aston Villa, who occupy fourth.

Manchester United’s defeat against Fulham is their 15th of the season across all competitions, which has casted doubt over the future of Ten Hag, who was appointed in April 2022.

After finishing bottom of their Champions League group which included Bayern Munich, Copenhagen and Galatasaray, elimination from the FA Cup would place further pressure on the Dutchman.

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