Erik ten Hag to stick around at Manchester United

A final decision was made to keep the Dutch manager for the upcoming season
Manchester City v Manchester United - Emirates FA Cup Final
Manchester City v Manchester United - Emirates FA Cup Final / Crystal Pix/MB Media/GettyImages

In what seemed like a foregone conclusion at the end of the season has taken a twist as Erik ten Hag is set to stay on as Manchester United manager.

According to ESPN, the two sides are now in discussion over a contract extension with Ten Hag's current deal set to expire at the end of next season.

The decision to keep hold of Ten Hag comes weeks after Manchester United beat Manchester City 2-1 to win the FA Cup. It also comes at the heels of a review by the Manchester United hierarchy where other candidates were on the table.

In the end, it seems those in charge in the new ownership believed it would be better for the club to keep hold of Ten Hag than to start anew with another manager.

This past season was another disappointing one for Manchester United.

The win over City in the FA Cup final was the high point after finishing eighth, their worst finish in the Premier League era.

In Europe, results weren't much better with the Red Devils getting eliminated in the group stage of the Champions League. With the eighth place finish, they won't play in the Champions League next season, instead taking part in the Europa League.

While injuries plagued Manchester United all season, they weren't the only team dealing with injuries and certainly isn't an excuse for finishing as low as they did considering the miserable season Chelsea had who ended up finishing in sixth.

Ten Hag gets another chance and with everything Manchester United need to fix -- stadium infrastructure to name one -- the transfer budget may not be as much as in previous seasons. Therefore, in order to improve the squad, moving on from other players will need to be done before any incoming transfers.


What is clear is the pressure will once again be on Ten Hag to improve. Another eighth place finish is going to be unacceptable and may quickly face the axe should next season get off to a disappointing start.