Manchester United will sack Erik ten Hag without it being 'a big thing', according to former club captain

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag
Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag (Image credit: Getty Images)

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has warned Erik ten Hag that new Red Devils minority shareholder Jim Ratcliffe will not hesitate to swing the axe if the club suffers a poor finish to the season.

Ratcliffe saw his £1.4billion investment for a 27.7 per cent stake in the club rubber-stamped by the Premier League earlier this month, with his INEOS company taking control of football operations at the club. 

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For more than a decade Joe Mewis has worked in football journalism as a reporter and editor, with stints at Mirror Football and LeedsLive among others. He is the author of four football history books that include tomes on Leeds United and the England national team.