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Appointing Gareth Southgate to replace Man Utd manager Erik ten Hag is a terrible idea

Manchester United’s co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe has reportedly settled on Gareth Southgate as his preferred replacement for Erik ten Hag. 

The Dutch manager guided his side to a stunning 4-3 FA Cup success over Liverpool on Sunday, but he remains under pressure.

The Red Devils’ chances of securing a Champions League berth are slim as they are nine points adrift of the top four.

Missing out on European football next season would be a big blow for the Premier League giants and Ten Hag could be sacked this summer.

According to the Daily Star, Jim Ratcliffe has consulted past United greats before deciding Southgate is the ideal choice to replace the Dutchman. 

The England manager reportedly has the support of the Red Devils’ current squad and incoming director of football Dan Ashworth. 

Southgate not good enough to manage United

Sir Jim Ratcliffe wants to knock Liverpool and Manchester City off their perch in the next few years. 

But Southgate is an underwhelming name who would struggle to restore the club to its former glories. 

The 53-year-old has failed to win any silverware during his time as England’s manager. 

His win percentage is respectable, winning 57 out of 91 games.

However, given he has players such as Harry Kane, Jude Bellingham and Bukayo Saka, you could argue his record is underwhelming.

His previous managerial stint was at Middlesbrough, where he posted a 29.8 win percentage after losing 63 out of 151 games.

Southgate’s team selections and tactics have been poor. He insists on playing defensively and picks players regardless of their club form.

United should steer clear of appointing Southgate at all costs.

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