Erik ten Hag bites back at Roy Keane following Man Utd’s FA Cup win

Erik ten Hag didn’t miss the chance to take a jab at Roy Keane following Manchester United’s FA Cup victory over Manchester City, reminding the former Red Devils captain of his struggles with team management.

Among all the criticism Ten Hag has faced during his tenure at United, some of the harshest has arguably come from Keane, who played for the club from 1993 to 2005, winning silverware aplenty in those years.

Saturday’s FA Cup success marked the second trophy United have secured under Ten Hag but the Dutchman reportedly remains on the verge of being sacked despite winning at Wembley after United finished the 2023/24 Premier League season in eighth place.

Speaking to ITV Sport in the aftermath of United’s 2-1 win over City, Ten Hag said to Keane: “We have to improve much more. You had trouble managing a team.”

Keane, who led Sunderland from 2006 to 2008 before managing Ipswich Town between 2009 and 2011, responded sharply: “I won a Championship with Sunderland. Don’t be too harsh on me.”

Keane steered Sunderland to the Championship title in his debut year, securing promotion with an impressive 88 points. The following season, he maintained their top-flight status, guiding them to a 15th-place finish.

However, his spell in charge came to an end in his third season with the Black Cats languishing in the bottom three, resulting in his dismissal. Despite his earlier success, a stint at Ipswich ended abruptly due to a string of poor results.

Ten Hag will now await the verdict on his future as United’s manager, with Sir Jim Ratcliffe holding the power to decide his fate. Though it seems the 54-year-old is keen to stay, he won’t hesitate to seek success elsewhere if the club decide he’s no longer wanted.

“When I took over, it was a mess at United. The team is now developing, winning trophies and playing to an identity,” he said.

“If they don’t want me anymore, I’ll go somewhere else and win trophies because that’s what I’ve done my whole career.”


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