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Erik ten Hag not concerned about Manchester United sack

Erik ten Hag

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag says he is not concerned about the prospect of getting sacked at the end of the season.

A dismal 4-0 defeat at Crystal Palace on Monday saw the Red Devils slip to eighth in the Premier League, piling even more pressure on the Dutch boss.

Despite a poor league campaign, United can salvage their season with victory in the FA Cup final over rivals Manchester City on May 25.

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Louis van Gaal was dismissed shortly after leading United to FA Cup glory in 2016 but Ten Hag says the injury problems he has faced this term will be enough for Jim Ratcliffe and Co to give him more time,

Ahead of facing Arsenal on Sunday, the 54-year-old said: “No. I think they have common sense, they have seen when you have 32 different backlines, when you lose eight centre-backs.

“When we see we don’t have a left full-back, they know that will have a negative impact on the results but we are still fighting and it’s a huge FA Cup final.

“We are still there, it can be a highlight of the season but we know why we are underperforming.

“I am a realistic person, I see this, I analyse and no team will perform with these injuries.”

‘No need for public backing’

Ratcliffe and his INEOS team have already started making plenty of changes to the United hierarchy since acquiring a minority stake in January and has stopped short of publicly backing his under-fire manager.

But Ten Hag says he does not need a vote of confidence from the board despite the speculation over his future.

He added: “I don’t care if they do or they don’t.

“I’m working on improving and developing my team, that is my job here.”

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Cian Cheesbrough

Cian is a sports journalist with a wealth of experience writing for national titles, including LiveScore, MailOnline, Eurosport and Sky Sports. He has covered a number of key events during his time in the industry, including from the press box at live Champions League fixtures.

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