Connect with us

Manchester United

Anton Ferdinand explains why Gareth Southgate would not be a good fit for Manchester United

There has been plenty of speculation regarding Erik ten Hag’s future at Manchester United. 

The Dutch manager recently guided his side into the FA Cup semi-final, where they will meet Championship outfit Coventry City next month. 

However, there have been suggestions that Ten Hag will be sacked at the end of the season, even if United win the FA Cup. 

The club’s co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe has reportedly settled on Gareth Southgate as his preferred replacement for Ten Hag.

This rumour hasn’t gone down well with United fans, who don’t think Southgate is the man to take their club back to its former glories. 

Anton Ferdinand also believes that the current England boss wouldn’t be a good fit for United. 

Speaking on Vibe with FIVE, he said: “I just think the brand of football – the fans will be vexed.

“I hear Gary Neville say it a lot, I hear Rio say it a lot – ‘what is your identity?’ Because you’ve always had an identity. To win and to be on the front foot when winning.

“That’s not his way of football, as we’ve seen time and time again for England.

“And people will say that’s probably the reason why in his ten years we’ve not won a major trophy, an international trophy, because of that.

“Does that fit well with Manchester United?”

United should stick with Ten Hag 

The Red Devils are nine points off fourth-placed Aston Villa with 11 games remaining.

The people who claim Ten Hag hasn’t done enough in his second season at Old Trafford have a good point. 

United should have performed much better this term, given the level of investment on new recruits last summer.

However, the Dutch boss has had to contend with numerous issues this season – primarily injury problems to several key players. 

On that basis, Ten Hag hasn’t done a bad job and should be given another opportunity to turn the club’s fortunes around.