Manchester United legend Gary Neville is unsure about the ability of manager Erik ten Hag to help United right now.
Manchester United legend Gary Neville conceded that United boss Erik ten Hag is facing an uphill battle after another loss. United lost two consecutive home games against Manchester City and Newcastle United with a humiliating 3-0 scoreline.
The Red Devils are having a nightmare season, losing eight games out of 15 matches in all competitions. United have scored 20 goals and conceded 26 in return while lacking team cohesiveness and a dominant style of play.
Many fans and football pundits have pointed out several reasons for United’s current predicament. The club has suffered from continuous uncertainty with an ongoing takeover saga and off-field drama.
Furthermore, Ten Hag’s senior team have suffered from an injury crisis and poor individual performances. Important players like Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes have failed to contribute significantly and consistently so far.
Neville told Sky Sports (h/t Irish Independent) that he cannot see how Ten Hag can change the current predicament. He said:
“Well done to Newcastle. They made changes and took a chance but they fully deserved this tonight, but for Man Utd, I’m not quite sure how Ten Hag lifts them for the weekend. The Manchester derby on Sunday was bad and tonight has just cemented what we’ve seen in the last few days. The performances have been really awful from Man Utd. There’s a flat feeling around the club. Ten Hag has got to work out how he can get the best out of these players very quickly.”
Neville has been openly critical of the Glazers and United hierarchy which is a shared sentiment with many United fans. The Sky Sports pundit has often said that United’s infrastructure makes it very hard for any top-class United manager to thrive.
However, Ten Hag has received backing from the United hierarchy as the Dutchman decides on recruitment since joining the club. The club has publicly supported the 53-year-old in numerous significant situations.
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United sold their icon Cristiano Ronaldo after the fallout with the Dutchman and banished Jadon Sancho. At the same time, Ten Hag has signed many of his former disciples like Antony, Lisandro Martinez, Andre Onana, and Sofyan Amrabat. The United boss would be hoping that he can successfully rejuvenate the club’s season and win back his doubters.