- Erik ten Hag still has 20 months remaining on this original three-year contract
- The Red Devils are currently sat in eighth place, eight points off the top four
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That being said, there has been no indication from the club themselves that the Dutchman's position at the helm is in immediate danger.
Despite the travails of this season, Ten Hag's success of last term surely remain in the mind of club chiefs, having ended their six-year trophy drought and returned the Red Devils to the Champions League.
Erik ten Hag still has 20 months remaining on the three-year contract he signed at Man United
The team are struggling for form at the start of the season and have lost their last two games 3-0 at home
Given his annual wages of around £9million-a-year at the club, according to the Athletic, the decision to sack Ten Hag would ultimately cost United around £15m, with 20 months still remaining on his initial three-year deal.
But it would likely not just be Ten Hag that is removed from his post, having brought Mitchell van der Gaag and Steve McClaren with him to the club, with compensation also set to be paid for them to leave.
The fee paid to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was somewhat lower, believed to be around £10m for the Norwegian and members of his staff, however Jose Mourinho's compensation package was reportedly £19.6m.
Though not as much as the Special One's fee, £15m is still a considerable outlay for a club that have seen their warchest diminished of late, and it is thought that only around £40m remains of available credit.
Should the club therefore decide to part with Ten Hag - which they have made no indication of thus far - it could prove a costly one, given their limited finances.
Having seen their transfer activity infringed upon by the lurking shadow of Financial Fair Play restrictions, the good work done in the summer could be undone by the decision to axe Ten Hag.
If it should come to that point, the decision to fire Ten Hag would fall on Joel Glazer's shoulders, although the call would also come through Richard Arnold and John Murtough as well.
However, if Sir Jim Ratcliffe should succeed in his 25 per cent purchase, Arnold is reportedly set to leave, and so the footballing decisions would ultimately be passed on to an INEOS-led sporting department.
Man United chief Richard Arnold would have a say in the decision to remove Ten Hag from his post
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