Man Utd fans expect Ten Hag announcement if Liverpool embarrass them at Anfield
Manchester United fans are expecting Erik ten Hag to be unveiled as their new manager should the Red Devils fall to an embarrassing defeat at Liverpool this evening.
The Ajax boss has verbally agreed to take the reins at Old Trafford in the summer where he will begin a mass exodus – including the departure of five-time Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo. Ten Hag is expected to pen a four-year deal and will take charge once Ralf Rangnick moves upstairs to take on a consultancy role at the end of the season.
United fans are eagerly awaiting his appointment after enduring another nightmare season without challenging for silverware. The summer arrivals of Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Ronaldo were meant to signal a title charge but the Red Devils find themselves 20 points behind rivals Manchester City with just six Premier League matches to play.
And with Rangnick's popularity dwindling, Man Utd fans are hoping a defeat tonight could spell an early exit for the German boss. One supporter tweeted a picture from the BBC sitcom The Office entitled "Go and get the Ten Hag announcement" with the caption "United admin when we hold 5 to Liverpool tomorrow."
Another joked: "Manchester United are planning to Officially announce ERIK TEN Hag on Wednesday after Liverpool lash us like 6 just to make us forget everything, nice move!" While a third commented: "Man Utd will announce Ten Hag the day after Liverpool beat us. Perfect PR Spin for them."
"We're gonna get battered by Liverpool tomorrow and united will announce Ten Hag to distract us from the problems classic Glazernomincs," jibbed a fourth.
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Having bested United with a 5-0 mauling at Old Trafford in the reverse fixture, Liverpool will go top of the table if they are able to avoid defeat at Anfield – with a historic quadruple still on the cards for Jurgen Klopp's side. The Reds are into the final of the FA Cup courtesy of a 3-2 win over Man City on Saturday and will also compete in the Champions League semi-final.
However, Rangnick's men travel to Anfield after gaining ground in the race for the Champions League. Despite only narrowly scraping past inevitably-doomed Norwich City on Saturday, United were the only team to claim maximum points out of the sides competing for fourth spot and now sit just three points behind Tottenham Hotspur.
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