Eric Ten Hag is a baby coach – Michael Owen revealed Manchester United new manager after Ten Hag’s SACKED this morning 

Eric Ten Hag is a baby coach – Michael Owen revealed Manchester United new manager after Ten Hag’s SACKED this morning 



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OWEN, OWEN… GONE Michael Owen demands Man Utd sack Ten Hag and put Steve McClaren in charge as Scholes calls him ‘best coach I ever had’

The pundits revealed ways that McClaren could improve the team’s performances

Philip CaddenHenry Tomlinson



MICHAEL OWEN has demanded that Manchester United sack Erik ten Hag.


The Dutchman’s side were embarrassed by Crystal Palace 4-0 last night, and the ex-Red Devil believes the manager’s time is up.




Michael Owen believes Erik ten Hag should be sacked

Michael Owen believes Erik ten Hag should be sackedCredit: PLP

Owen would be open to Steve McClaren, left, replacing the Dutchman for the remainder of the season

Owen would be open to Steve McClaren, left, replacing the Dutchman for the remainder of the seasonCredit: Getty

Paul Scholes hailed McClaren as the best coach he played under

Paul Scholes hailed McClaren as the best coach he played underCredit: PLP


Ten Hag is on the cusp of being sackedCredit: Alamy

Michael Olise stole the show with two goals and Jean-Philippe Mateta and Tyrick Mitchell completed the rout.


Owen, 44, watched on alongside Paul Scholes and is convinced that Manchester United need to pull the trigger now.


He claimed that the club faces not winning a single match before the end of the season which could see them miss out on a cup and playing in Europe next campaign.


He said: “I’ve said for a long time that Ten Hag is just not the right man for this job. I’ve been saying it for ages. He cannot, simply, cannot manage the team next season.




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“They have a cup final and they have a few important games that could mean European football next year or not. And at some point, you have to make a decision.


“They are going to get absolutely hammered by Manchester City. They are going to get annihilated. In fact, Arsenal will smash them to bits at Old Trafford.


“Newcastle will probably beat them and I wouldn’t even fancy them going to Brighton. They might not get anything else out of the rest of the season if they are playing like that.


“I just wonder with so much at stake, even though it’s only for four games, I wonder if the board have to try and do something here and now and be quite radical about it.




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“He cannot manage this team next season. He’s not good enough. I’ve thought it for ages, he’s just not good enough to manage Manchester United.”


Scholes agreed with Owen’s sentiments and admitted that the feeling he got after the defeat to Palace was similar to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s final match as manager.




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The Norwegian was axed by the club following a 4-1 defeat to Watford back in 2021.



Scholes added: “The signs have been there that it will be difficult for him to do it next year. Tonight almost felt like a final nail in the coffin. Really.


“There was a lack of know-how from the team. A lack of effort which is the big disappointing thing.


“Going to a team like Crystal Palace, don’t get me wrong, they are a good team who are doing well but whatever situation United are in, they shouldn’t be going there and losing 4-0.


“It just felt like the end. If it is the end, I’m not sure. What do they do? What’s out there at the minute?



“I’ve always felt for a while that he might get another year and work for a club that is getting steady and calmed down by the new owners. But it just doesn’t feel like it now.


McClaren could oversee the team for the remainder of the seasonCredit: AFP

Thomas Tuchel has been touted as a potential future managerCredit: Getty

McClaren’s record compared to Ten Hag

STEVE MCCLAREN has been in football coaching a lot longer than Erik ten Hag. Here is how their records compare…

Steve McClaren

Teams managed – 9

Games – 671

Wins – 301

Draws – 152

Loses – 218

Points per game – 1.57

Win percentage – 44.8%

Erik ten Hag

Clubs managed – 5

Games – 547

Wins – 347

Draws – 87

Loses – 113

Points per game – 2.06

Win percentage – 63.4%

“Who is there to replace him? Who is out there? There wasn’t really anybody. But with Thomas Tuchel saying he is leaving Bayern Munich, it doesn’t create a bigger problem for him because the problems are there anyway.



“It’s quite plain to see that it feels like borrowed time.


“Watching that performance, sometimes you get a performance where you think, “this is the end.” That almost felt like it.


“I remember Ole Gunnar at Watford away, 4-1. It felt very similar to me. It felt like the end.


“What do they do for the last four games? They have got a big cup final. You can’t see where a win is coming from. I look at the fixtures and even before tonight, you can’t see a win. It looks like the fight has gone out of them.”



The pair pointed to first-team coach Steve McClaren as a potential replacement until the end of the season.


SunSport’s verdict on Man Utd flops

Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Ineos have a busy summer ahead to get Man Utd’s squad in order for next season. Below SunSport gives it verdict on how they should deal with the Red Devils flops this summer.

Andre Onana – STAY: After a dodgy start at Old Trafford Onana has proven to be one of the more reliable members of the squad this season despite being peppered with shots constantly.Altay Bayindir – GO: Reports in February suggested Bayindir was unhappy with his bit part role at Man Utd amid interest from Turkish giants Galatasaray. If profit can be made on a sale then it should be done.Tom Heaton – STAY: Veteran goalkeeper Heaton, 38, is a reliable back-up and is on a relatively small wage at the club. So long as he is happy it makes sense to keep him.Aaron Wan-Bissaka – GO: Wan-Bissaka, 26, has never managed to make the right-back position his own. With his contract up in 2025 it makes sense to cash in now.Diogo Dalot – STAY: Dalot, 26, has been one of Man Utd’s most consistent performers this season.Raphael Varane – GO: If it wasn’t for his injury record there would be a strong shout to keep Varane, but costs need to be cut to allow the squad to be freshened up.Harry Maguire – GO: Maguire has showed he has the right character to be at Man Utd but overall ability and desired profile are another matter, with Maguire too slow to play in a high line defence.Lisandro Martinez – STAY: Martinez, 26, is second to none in terms of build up play. He needs a long-term defensive partner on the right side and to cut out the injuries which have plagued him this season.Jonny Evans – GO: Veteran campaigner Evans could easily be on the stay list if he was only going to be a bit part player. But he has shown his advanced years at times this season.Victor Lindelof – GO: Lindelof, 29, has been reliable if not unremarkable in his Man Utd career. He has one year left on his contract so should be moved on if a decent transfer fee can be got for him.Willy Kambwala – STAY: He should be given the opportunity to mature for a few years behind a senior CB pairing before stepping into the first team as a starter or being moved on.Luke Shaw – GO: One of the Premier League’s best left-backs when fit, Shaw has been a good servant when available. But alas that has been his Achilles heel once again this season.Tyrell Malacia – STAY: Malacia, 24, was decent enough to earn some merit in his first season at Man Utd before injury ended his season and inadvertently led to his second season being a write off.Sofyan Amrabat – GO: Amrabat, 27, looked like a world beater at the Qatar World Cup with Morocco. But he’s had an underwhelming season in England and his loan spell will almost certainly not be made permanent.Casemiro – GO: An alarming physical decline has seen him turn from key star to burden. If a club is willing to buy the 32-year-old – who has two more years on his contract – then United should snatch their hand off.Christian Eriksen – GO: Eriksen proved a useful asset and Ineos should look to bring in another player with similar traits, but frankly his legs have looked gone towards the end of this season.Kobbie Mainoo – STAY: The first of the so-called untouchables, Mainoo has been a rare glimmer of hope in the Red Devils midfield this season.Mason Mount – STAY: Mount can be given the benefit of the doubt until summer 2025 at least after a debut season riddled with injury.Scott McTominay – STAY: McTominay, 27, has proven himself to be a brilliant plan B off the bench this season, and that is exactly why Ineos should look to keep him.Bruno Fernandes – STAY: Man Utd’s best player since his arrival just over four years ago, Fernandes, 29, remains second-to-none when it comes to creating chances while his tenacity boosts those around him.Antony – GO: There’s a case to argue that Antony may be the worst pound-for-pound signing in Premier League history. Despite some memorable moments he simply isn’t Man Utd quality.Anthony Martial – GO: Ultimately Martial needs to be let go when his deal runs out this summer after an appalling injury record of late.Marcus Rashford – STAY: As easy as it would be to say Rashford should leave the club this summer, it is difficult to look at the market and find many available players capable of scoring 30 goals a season.Alejandro Garnacho – STAY: Another third of the untouchables trio, Garnacho has made the right-wing his own since coming into it. He’s a raw talent but has shown he has the quality to improve.Rasmus Hojlund – STAY: A slow burner in his first Man Utd season, the 21-year-old has often been starved of supply which has led to him being unable to get the goals his movement and unselfish play often merits.Amad Diallo – STAY: In the fleeting moments he has been on the pitch for Man Utd this season, Diallo has looked dangerous and exciting. He should be given a chance to flourish with some proper chances in the first team across a whole season.

They insisted that he is currently not having an influence on the side and that it would be better if the former England boss had a bigger input.


Owen said: “We’ve played under Steve. He’s coached us. There’s no way his fingerprints are anywhere near that team. He’s a brilliant coach. And that team is not being coached at all. No way.


“There is no way on earth that he has anything to do with coaching that team. It’s impossible.



“Because that team is absolutely clueless right the way through it. There’s not one thing where I think that works in that team.


“I don’t rate anything about it. Anything. And Steve McClaren is a top operator. I can only think there’s other people coaching the first team and he’s a bystander.”


While Scholes added: “He is not touching that team.


“The manager must not be letting him touch that team because everyone thinks we were a great team that attacked everybody but sometimes we played better teams and Steve McClaren put sessions on to make sure you stopped other teams.




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“Getting distances and angles right, especially across midfield.


“He has got no impression on that team. He’s the best coach I ever had.”



Pundits’ verdict on Ten Hag’s future

Where do the pundits stand on Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United future?

Michael Owen – He has to go”He cannot, simply cannot, manage this team next season. He’s not good enough.”Teddy Sheringham – Might stay if he wins Cup but should go”If United win the FA Cup, he could stay. But, for me, changes are needed and United need to get it done sooner than later.”Jamie Carragher – Sacked”I don’t see how Erik ten Hag stays. It’s just performance after performance.”Gary Neville – Stay if he wins the FA Cup”To sack a manager who’s won two trophies in his first two seasons at the club I think would be extreme.”Louis Saha – On the fence”I don’t see it as clearly but they need changes from the players but they need changes from him as well.”Alan Shearer – Sacked”I believe the future of the Man Utd manager is already determined. Even if they win the FA Cup I think he’s gone.”



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