Gary Neville feels the Manchester United hierarchy have let down Erik ten Hag in the transfer window
Manchester United legend Gary Neville feels the club’s lack of transfers in the window so far hurts Erik ten Hag. The former Red Devil took aim at the hierarchy for not supporting the new manager adequately.
ten Hag was officially appointed as United manager at the end of last season. Having been successful at Ajax, the club decided to bring him through the doors at Old Trafford.
Speaking via The Mirror, Neville is of the opinion that the Dutch manager hasn’t been given the “tools” necessary in the transfer window as of now. The former Man United captain is going to give the new gaffer time before making any judgements.
“I’m not putting any pressure at all on Ten Hag at this moment in time because I don’t think he’s been given the tools to work with that he should have been at this stage of the season. That might change in a couple of weeks.
“I think that he’s got a really difficult job and I think Manchester United fans are in patient mode.”
ten Hag comes into a side that finished sixth last season. People had high hopes from the Red Devils after the business we did last summer. We finished second in the 2020/21 Premier League campaign.
Man United signed Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane to Manchester in the previous summer transfer window. Supporters felt the signings were enough to launch a challenge for the title. But instead, the side faltered under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick.
By the end of the previous campaign, we looked like a team that was out of ideas and lacked penetration in the final third. The body language of most of our players was dejecting.
Man United’s attackers, except Ronaldo, failed to make an impact. The defence was vulnerable throughout last season. We ended up finishing the league campaign with a goal difference of zero.
Thus, it was important to reinforce the squad this summer. With a new manager like ten Hag in the dugout, it’s important to bring in the right players that have the ability to fit into the Dutch manager’s demanding system.
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Man United have bolstered the defence this summer but the midfield and forward line are still short of quality. So hopefully, in these final weeks of the window, ten Hag is able to bring in his reinforcements.