Roy Keane feels it’s a good time for Erik ten Hag to manage Manchester United because of the team’s lack of success
Manchester United legend Roy Keane feels right now is a good time for Erik ten Hag to be managing the Red Devils since the team has lacked any sort of fighting spirit and success in recent years.
Since Jose Mourinho last won a trophy at the club, managers have failed to get their hands on silverware. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick failed to make a mark in Manchester.
Keane, who had captained United for eight years, feels the team currently lacks the will and desire to go and challenge for titles. Speaking to Sky Bet (h/t Manchester Evening News), the ex-Red Devil feels any manager with a pedigree would be confident about going into the dugout at Old Trafford.
“Getting a group of lads who fight every week, United don’t even have that. It’s a great time for managers to come to Man United because they’ve been so poor, any manager who thinks he’s any sort of ego or with a CV behind him would feel like; ‘I can make this team better’.
Fans haven’t seen the Manchester-based club lift the Premier League or Champions League since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson. We’ve won the FA Cup, League Cup and the Europa League but have hardly made an effort for the other major titles.
The team hasn’t been good enough for the major honours in world football in recent years. We’ve had players come and go, but none of them has been able to get us over the line in our fight for the PL.
Kean believes Ten Hag will cement his place in United folklore if he manages to bring success back to the club.
“Whether that’s to get in the top-four, win a cup and if he managed to do that he’d be a legend at the club just for doing that. I think it’s good timing for him, I really do.”
The upcoming season is a free run for the new gaffer. Ten Hag arrives with the reputation of being a modern football manager with an attractive attacking style of play.
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Fans need to have realistic expectations for the next campaign. Patience is key to letting the Dutchman implement an identity. Hopefully, success will follow.