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Gary Neville claims expectation will not be ‘too high’ for Erik ten Hag in his first season

Gary Neville claims expectations won’t be ‘too high’ for Erik ten Hag in his first season at Manchester United… but warned the Dutchman has a tough task reviewing ‘managers’ animals’ in the top four of the Premier League.

  • Erik ten Hag was officially unveiled as United’s new manager on Monday.
  • The Dutchman is set to oversee a rebuild at Old Trafford after a dismal season.
  • Gary Neville says Ten Hag will have a lot of work to do in his role as United boss
  • Ten Hag watched his new team suffer a 1-0 loss to Crystal Palace on Sunday

Gary Neville has said expectations will not be “too high” for Erik ten Hag in his first season as Manchester United manager, warning that the Dutchman has a big challenge ahead of him to reach the level of the league’s top clubs.

Ten Hag was officially unveiled as United boss on Monday after signing a three-year deal, with the option of a fourth, to succeed caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick.

The 52-year-old Dutchman began his work at Old Trafford early in his bid to rebuild a team that finished with its lowest Premier League score and failed to qualify for the Champions League.

Gary Neville believes that expectations will not be

Gary Neville thinks expectations won’t be ‘too high’ for Erik ten Hag in his first season

Speaking on Gary Neville’s podcastthe former United defender turned pundit described the likes of Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte as ‘managers’ animals’ and said it will be difficult for Ten Hag and Mikel Arteta at Arsenal to review them next season.

United finished 35 points behind champion Manchester City and were 13 points behind Tottenham in fourth place.

“He’s got a great job,” Neville said. “The expectation next season, with the four coaches and the four clubs ahead of him at the moment, will not be very high. Yes, United will want to get into the top four, but there will be time and patience.

Ten Hag was officially unveiled as Manchester United's new manager on Monday.

Ten Hag was officially unveiled as Manchester United’s new manager on Monday.

The Dutchman was present when United lost their final game of the season at Crystal Palace.

The Dutchman was present when United lost their final game of the season at Crystal Palace.

‘Tuchel, Conte, Klopp and Guardiola are trainers’ animals, these four. They win trophies all the time. They are standing on that sideline and they can eat you up and eat you alive almost with their presence and aura. The rest of them have a long way to go.

“It’s a big challenge for people like Arteta and Ten Hag.”

Ten Hag was in the stands to see United’s dismal campaign end with a 1-0 loss to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Sunday.

“It’s been a desperate season and Erik Ten Hag has seen a glimpse of what the rest of us have seen all the way through,” Neville added.

“I don’t think any United fans wanted to see a United game in recent weeks – we almost wanted the season to end immediately and shift our attention to the summer and see how a new manager can hopefully come along.”

Loss to Palace ended a season described as a 'disaster' and 'desperate' by Neville

Loss to Palace ended a season described as a ‘disaster’ and ‘desperate’ by Neville

It has gone from 12 months ago, when United were preparing for a Europa League final and finishing second to Liverpool, to where we are today. I can not explain it.

‘Ten Hag needs time to adapt to the club and get used to the club. It is a great football club. The media here, the expectation… United are always history. People want to see United win or they want to see them lose, it’s a fact of life.

“They will always be the story, even in a bad season like this, because there is an element of wanting to see a disaster, a football disaster, happen before your eyes.”

‘The season is over and you need to go to bed real quick. It’s been a horrible season on and off the field.

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