Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Parker has advised Erik ten Hag to leave Old Trafford at the end of the season if he achieves the historic quadruple..
The Dutch manager is preparing for a crucial few weeks, with the Red Devils hosting Barcelona on Thursday as they look to advance to the last 16 of the Europa League after a 2-2 draw at the Nou Camp, followed by a chance at silverware in the Carabao Cup final against Newcastle.
United are currently five points behind Premier League leaders Arsenal and can reach the FA Cup quarter-finals with a win over West Ham in early March.
While supporters will dismiss the possibility of an unprecedented quadruple, Parker has stated that Ten Hag should resign if he wins all four trophies at the end of the season.
“It would be a massive achievement if Man United won a quadruple this season, but it wouldn’t be the ultimate because it isn’t the Champions League, but only the Europa League,” Parker told indiabetting.
“But it would be really incredible, and honestly if it is going to happen, Erik ten Hag needs to resign after that and not carry on. Because he will never be able to surpass that.
But I haven’t heard a single Manchester United fan mention it as a possibility, but we can’t ignore the fact that it is, in theory, a possibility. But there’s a difference between theory and reality, and I don’t believe it’s possible. But I think it’s ridiculous that no one or any media has mentioned it.
Ten Hag’s first chance to win one of four trophies comes against Newcastle, who are without both first-choice goalkeeper Nick Pope due to suspension and backup Martin Dubravka, who is cup-tied after appearing in the competition for United during a loan spell in the first half of the season.
Former Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius is expected to make his first appearance of the season, while Parker believes United have turned into favourites to win at Wembley due to their recent impressive form.
I predicted Newcastle would be the Carabao Cup favorites about a month ago. And I still believe I was at that point in time, but things have changed since then,” Parker added.Newcastle is in a bad situation, and Manchester United has been very convincing in recent weeks. So, I believe Manchester United is the favorite to win the Carabao Cup right now, but it will be a difficult game. Newcastle is extremely difficult to beat.”