With Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag under pressure, any decisions made by Chelsea’s Premier League rivals could have implications for the upcoming season.
Over the past 25 years, Chelsea and Manchester United have been intertwined in various ways, from memorable Champions League finals to title races and managerial changes. Both clubs have recently entered rebuilding phases, and their performances have varied over the past 18 months.
Last season, Chelsea went through two managerial changes, brought in temporary managers, spent over a billion pounds on transfers, yet finished 12th in the Premier League. Meanwhile, Manchester United under Erik ten Hag secured a Carabao Cup and reached the FA Cup final, along with Champions League football, in their first season. However, things have taken a dramatic turn over the summer.
Chelsea, under manager Mauricio Pochettino’s leadership and with the backing of Todd Boehly, may not be vying for a top-four finish just yet, but they are building the foundation for the future. In contrast, something is going wrong at Old Trafford.
Manchester United recently suffered a 3-0 defeat to Newcastle United, and it is clear that Ten Hag is dealing with issues in the dressing room. Eddie Howe, Newcastle’s manager, admitted that he made attacking substitutions with a 3-0 lead to allow his bench players to get some playing time, effectively treating it as a training session.
United has also faced losses in European competitions, and their performance has left much to be desired. With five of their next six matches being away from home and a record of 10 wins in 23 domestic matches under Ten Hag, things are looking dire for Manchester United.
Rumors are circulating about Ten Hag’s potential sacking, with reports of a lack of trust in the manager within the dressing room. This is surprising for a manager who was widely praised for turning things around last season but now seems to be in a precarious position.
If Manchester United’s board decides to make a managerial change, it could have several implications for Chelsea:
- No Jadon Sancho move: One unresolved issue at United is the situation with Jadon Sancho. Chelsea has been linked with the English international, but his recent exile from the first team and social media comments about Ten Hag have created tensions. If a new manager takes over, it might offer a fresh start for Sancho at United, reducing the chances of him moving to Chelsea.
- New manager bounce: The concept of a “new manager bounce” may come into play if United makes a managerial change. This temporary boost in performance often occurs when a new manager takes charge. Chelsea’s fixture against United is on December 6, and the timing of a managerial change could impact the difficulty of the match.
- Impact on the race for the Champions League: United’s current trend suggests they will continue to drop down the Premier League table, benefiting Chelsea’s quest for a top-four finish. Different managers can bring different results, potentially making United more competitive for a Champions League spot, which could affect Chelsea’s competition in the league.
In summary, any decision made by Manchester United regarding their manager could have ripple effects on Chelsea’s season and their competition for a top-four finish in the Premier League.