Dwight Yorke seeks Man United job to revamp team lacking identity and structure; Erik ten Hag should stay if he wins FA Cup


Dwight Yorke wants the Manchester United job and has backed himself to transform the club, mounting the pressure on Erik ten Hag ahead of the FA Cup final.

The United legend, 52, believes the final against Manchester City is the make-or-break game for Ten Hag and is ready to pounce if he is given the boot. 

Yorke’s only managerial experience has been a seven-month stint at Macarthur in Australia, where he won the club their first silverware but left following a furious dressing room tirade. 

‘Manchester United is a job you can’t turn down. It’s too big a job. 

Dwight Yorke wants the Manchester United job and believes he has the right qualities

Dwight Yorke wants the Manchester United job and believes he has the right qualities

The United legend won the Australia Cup with Macarthur in 2022 but is not getting a chance in England

The United legend won the Australia Cup with Macarthur in 2022 but is not getting a chance in England 

‘The DNA of football has been there. I’ve proved that I can manage in a short space of time in winning that [the Australia Cup].’

‘Trust me, if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can manage, I definitely could be a manager.’

In the context of our interview, Yorke isn’t deriding Solskjaer, merely observing that other former favourites have been given a shot at the top level, whereas he has not. 

Former team-mates from United’s 1998-99 Treble winning season have all had their chances to coach or manage in English football: Roy Keane, Phil Neville, Gary Neville, Nicky Butt, and Jaap Stam to name a few.

Gareth Southgate, once a team-mate at Aston Villa’s European regulars in the 1990s, was given the Middlesbrough job in 2006 without the UEFA Pro Licence. 

Yorke’s job search has hit a brick wall. He won more than half of his games at Macarthur and is armed with all the requisite coaching badges but has been in the wilderness since January 2023. 

He was reportedly sacked after branding his players a ‘pub team’ and questioning the professionalism of his players and the wider A-League, in which he side sat sixth out of 12. 

A man who scored 190 goals in English football and won three Premier Leagues feels he has done enough to warrant a chance but fears being ostracised. 

He wonders why former team-mates such as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are handed top opportunities but not him

He wonders why former team-mates such as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are handed top opportunities but not him 

Yorke was part of Sir Alex Ferguson's team which won the Treble in the 1998-99 season

Yorke was part of Sir Alex Ferguson’s team which won the Treble in the 1998-99 season 

‘Every time I’ve done what they’ve asked me, they seem to be moving the goal posts. Other people who have done far less in the game in the management department are getting three, four, five chances. It’s crazy,’ he told Mail Sport from Dubai. 

‘There is not a job that’s going that I’m not trying to get. 

”These are things that have been posed to me: “You don’t have your licence. You don’t have any experience” – went and got my experience, won a cup. 

‘Now they say, “You don’t know the league, you’ve never managed in the league.” That’s the next thing.’

He added: ‘My first managerial experience, which a lot of people don’t know, I managed in front of 75,000 people in Sydney against a Barcelona all-star team.

‘So I was thrown in at the deep end and shown straight away… that game ended up 3-2, a game we could easily have won that night. 

‘It shows what you can do and bring to the team, but until you’ve got those chances, you never know, right? People are always going to put questions marks over you.’

If Yorke needs any inspiration for resilience, he needs to look no further than the testimony of Ange Postecoglou.

The Tottenham manager won trophies in Australia, Japan, and Scotland and with the Australian national team before being given his break in the Premier League. It took 27 years to reach this stage.  

Yorke believes Erik ten Hag should keep his job if he wins the FA Cup against Manchester City

Yorke believes Erik ten Hag should keep his job if he wins the FA Cup against Manchester City 

Postecoglou found the journey frustrating and has found his outsider status representing Australia a burden at times, as he told Mail Sport, but his work ethic and conviction in himself has paid off. 

In any case, fortitude might not be enough to assume the United job – after all, there is a certain Dutchman currently occupying that position.

While he desires the job, Yorke is respectful to Ten Hag and feels winning the FA Cup should enough to save his job – even if that wasn’t the case for Louis van Gaal a few years back. 

‘In my opinion, the FA Cup final is the make or break game for him. If he wins then I think it would be very harsh on a manager who has had two seasons at the club, winning two major competitions, not too many managers have been able to do that,’ Yorke said.  

‘If you were to win two cups in two years, I think that should buy you another year. But I do believe if he doesn’t, where we are as a football club, he hasn’t really advanced us,’ Yorke.

‘From a football standpoint, he hasn’t produced what we expected him to produce.

‘With United, the fundamentals in the game, which are structure, balance, and a system that everybody works with, I don’t see that. 

‘I don’t see the pattern of play week in, week out. When people come in, they [should] have a clear identity and idea of the way the team is playing. I don’t see that. 

Ten Hag 'hasn't produced what we expected him to produce' but shouldget 'another year' if he wins the cup

Ten Hag ‘hasn’t produced what we expected him to produce’ but shouldget ‘another year’ if he wins the cup

‘I just see 11 players going out and it’s kind of a hit and miss. If something happens, brilliant, we win a game. But there’s no togetherness, no structure. I find it very disappointing from that standpoint.

‘Getting knocked out of the Champions League like we did, where we are in the league, you can look at all these things and realistically if you were to win two competitions in two years, that would buy him a little more time in my opinion.’

Dwight Yorke was speaking to Mail Online on behalf of Fastest Payout Online Casinos. 



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