Erik ten Hag turns on Man Utd fans in astonishing rant before FA Cup final

Erik ten Hag has claimed Manchester United fans have “no sense of reality” in an astonishing rant over the club’s heightened sense of expectations.

Having guided United to eighth place in the Premier League in his second season as head coach, Ten Hag is expected to take charge of United for the final time in Saturday afternoon’s FA Cup final against neighbours City.

And despite indications that part-owners INEOS will look to replace Ten Hag this summer, he has told Dutch outlet VI that Sir Jim Ratcliffe has previously said he is keen on him remaining in the dugout.

Yet his subsequent comments on expectations at Old Trafford being too high is unlikely to win over any critical fans - regardless of the outcome at Wembley.

“Manchester United won the league for the last time in 2013, 11 years ago,” Ten Hag said. “But still they expect us to win every game while competing at the top. This club is not ready for that.

“We were supposed to start building something and we made the first steps last year, but then you find out how big this club is and that nobody is ever satisfied.

“Within the club people were satisfied, but outside the club there was noise by saying I won only the Carabao Cup, lost the FA Cup Final and came third.”

He added that critics “have no sense of reality” because “other clubs had a much better squad” this season before turning his fire on a number of former players turned pundits.

He added: “It’s the biggest club in England and possibly in the world. The club is either loved or hated, there is no in-between.

erik ten hag turns on man utd fans in astonishing rant before fa cup final

Erik ten Hag

“So when things go bad, they all start talking and talking with very big words. All this negativity from these so called experts who don’t have the capability to analyse something with facts, but who prefer to attack people to make themselves look better.

“And these same people were the ones who gave me a pat on the back last year. Last year I was able to walk on water, this year I am the worst manager in the Premier League.”

Ten Hag said on Friday afternoon that he had already held an end of season review with INEOS before today’s game and was planning to head straight on holiday Sunday. “I deserve it,” he said.

And summarising the season himself Ten Hag was brutally honest, saying: “Let me be clear. It has been bad. It has been c**p. 'Despite everything, we are going to play an FA Cup final.”

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