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Erik ten Hag on trial as Jason Wilcox launches Manchester United audit

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Erik ten Hag will effectively be on trial over the next month as Manchester United’s new technical director Jason Wilcox conducts an audit of the manager’s credentials and dressing room relations before the club makes a final decision on the Dutchman’s future.

United’s near fatal collapse against Coventry City in the FA Cup semi-final on Sunday, when the Championship side almost completed an extraordinary comeback from 3-0 down only to lose on penalties, raised fresh doubts about Ten Hag’s suitability for the job.

But Telegraph Sport understands United have tasked Wilcox with providing a detailed assessment of Ten Hag’s strengths and weaknesses and relationship with the squad to better determine whether his approach can fit with the overarching style of play and philosophy they intend to pursue – or if a change of manager is necessary.

One complicating factor is the feeling that there is no stand-out candidate available to replace Ten Hag should they decide a change is needed.

Sunday’s implosion in front of United’s new kingpin Sir Jim Ratcliffe did Ten Hag no favours and there is an acceptance the situation could become unsustainable should United miss out on Europe entirely.

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