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Defeat against Liverpool on Sunday could spell the end for Erik ten Hag’s time at Man United

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag’s future at Old Trafford is hanging by a thread after his side’s last-gasp defeat to Chelsea on Thursday.

The Red Devils showed spirit to go 3-2 up after conceding two goals inside the first 20 minutes. 

The drama unfolded during injury time as they allowed Chelsea to score two goals in the 100th and 101st minutes.

Things will only get more challenging as they clash with arch-rivals Liverpool at the Theatre of Dreams on Sunday.

Aston Villa and Tottenham dropped points in midweek, which opened the door for Man United to move closer to fourth place.

However, their defeat leaves them 11 points adrift of fourth-placed Villa.

Liverpool clash: A make-or-break game for Ten Hag

It is disappointing that the Dutchman is almost on the verge of being sacked after a promising debut season with United.

Ten Hag showed glimpses of his authority and the style of football he wanted his team to play last season.

Injuries, poor recruitment and inconsistent performances have left his future in the balance.

A draw against Brentford and defeat at Chelsea have dashed United’s hopes of securing a Champions League place next season.

With just eight games remaining, United need a miracle to leapfrog Villa and Tottenham.

They were knocked out of the UEFA Champions League and Carabao Cup before the turn of the year.

The FA Cup is their last opportunity to claim silverware this season.

However, it is doubtful if INEOS will deem that enough to give Ten Hag another year if they miss out on the Champions League.

Liverpool are in superb form winning four and drawing one of their last five league games.

They are top of the table with 70 points and have the chance to give departing manager Jurgen Klopp a perfect send-off.

Ten Hag’s men must perform well if they want to have any possibility to take anything out of the game.

Unfortunately for Ten Hag, even a draw may not be good enough to safeguard his job.

A defeat could force Sir Jim Ratcliffe into sacking the Dutchman and searching for a new manager.

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