Former Man United defender Gary Neville believes it will take years for Erik ten Hag to rebuild the club and believes that the new manager will not be under pressure to win trophies. The Ajax boss will take over from interim boss Ralf Rangnick at the end of the season. Neville believes that the Dutchman and his team will have to do a lot of groundwork before they can compete with the best teams in the country.
“What we’re seeing at this current moment is unacceptable. That needs to be dealt with initially and Ten Hag has got a big job to get the club back up to those minimum standards that they need to achieve, which are an attitude, work ethic, belief, confidence, and then hopefully you start to think about winning trophies,” former Man United defender Gary Neville said about Erik ten Hag. “But honestly, I wouldn’t be putting too much pressure on Ten Hag in the first one or two years to win a trophy at the club. It would be great if he did and he’d be overachieving, in my opinion. It will be: get into the top four, re-establish Man Utd in the Champions League, attract the players into the club who can play in the way he wants to play, and then get a system of belief.”
“It took Jurgen Klopp four or five years to win a Premier League title, as great a job as he’s done. I wouldn’t be putting pressure on Ten Hag in the first two or three years to win a Premier League title. They’re a million miles away from that currently,” he added. “At the end of last season, I thought they were getting closer. But it’s all collapsed and fallen to pieces. I don’t know why that’s happened. Ten Hag gets to pick up the pieces.”