As rumors regarding Erik ten Hag’s future at Manchester United persist, Fabrizio Romano has given an important update.
Ten Hag has come under heavy criticism after a string of disappointing performances. The 53-year-old was reportedly “thin ice” at United last week, according to a The Times article.
Numerous names, including former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane, had been linked as possible replacements, with the team having the worst start to a season in 61 years.
After suffering crushing losses to Manchester City and Newcastle in back-to-back games, highly regarded Sporting CP manager Ruben Amorim was also added to a shortlist.
But those links have since been played down by journalist Fabrizio Romano, who made his stance clear during a recent appearance on YouTube channel The united stand
After being asked about the situation, Romano said: “I saw all these stories and rumours around Erik ten Hag and his future but from what I’m hearing, the reality is that internally, they never considered the possibility of firing Erik ten Hag.”
He added: “Manchester United have never been in touch with Zinedine Zidane and Ruben Amorim.”
Manchester United was quick to deny the rumors that they had been looking into Ten Hag’s replacement, calling them “categorically false” last week.
Despite this, Amorin was still asked the question at a press conference after Sporting defeated Farense 4–2 in the Portuguese League Cup.
He stated, “This year I’m not going to go back to the same conversation as last year,” in response to a question regarding United’s alleged interest. I won’t be commenting on these circumstances in any way.”
“We don’t know the future, it depends on the results,” he said. “It has more to do with the general idea of what we need as a team, extra pressure so we don’t hide.
“Regarding the future, I have an idea for the end of the season but I won’t say it now. But the results and the context take us to something different.
“I don’t want to be commenting on these things. I have not been contacted by Manchester United.”