Manchester United are in ‘DISARRAY’ and Erik ten Hag faces his toughest job, claims Paul Merson
Erik ten Hag faces ‘the toughest job of his life’ at Manchester United, claims Paul Merson… as he warns the Dutchman that the club is in ‘DISARRAY’ and ‘needs at least three or four new players to reach the top fetch’ four’
- Manchester United face a tough season under new boss Erik ten Hag
- The Red Devils still have to sign because they want to turn a new leaf
- Expert Paul Merson thinks the Dutchman should prepare for his toughest job
- He said United were confused and needed ‘three or four players’ to improve
Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag faces ‘the toughest job of his life’ at Old Trafford this season, warns Paul Merson, who claims the Red Devils are in ‘disorder’ after a dismal campaign.
United are hoping to write a new chapter after former Ajax boss Ten Hag was appointed as their new manager, but the Dutchman has plenty of work to do to get his struggling side back in shape.
The team finished sixth last season and will play in the UEFA Conference League this season – despite being tipped last year as one of the favorites to win the Premier League title – after losing a manager during a crisis-stricken campaign. were fired and then stagnated under interim boss Ralf Rangnick.
Erik ten Hag faces ‘the toughest job of his life’ at Manchester United, says Paul Merson (R)
Ten Hag arrived at United this week to prepare for the season and face a huge task to improve them
Merson believes Ten Hag will never face a challenge as difficult as the one he’s about to take on and warned him that he will face a squad that faces a huge confidence problem after coming before the national team this week. season has started.
“If Ten Hag succeeds for the rest of his life, it will never be more difficult than what he is taking on now,” Merson said. Air sports.
‘This is a huge job. It’s the biggest club in the world and he takes over when they’re confused.
He has to bring in as many players as possible because this team will not get you in the top four. They have to bring in certain players – (Frenkie) De Jong at Barcelona, he is a good footballer – and then you move on.
“They need at least three or four players to make a fourth-place challenge.”
After a bleak campaign, United ‘need three or four players to make it to the top four,’ says Merson
United are hoping to make their first big signing of the summer this week with the acquisition of Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong – who worked with Ten Hag when the pair were at Ajax.
Sportsmail reported Monday evening that the club was getting closer to closing a deal for De Jong after it initially rejected a £60million offer from the Catalan outfit.
But now United have made an improved offer and are hoping to finalize the deal this week.
De Jong – who reached the semi-finals of the Champions League with Ajax under Ten Hag – was initially reluctant to leave Barcelona, but has been convinced by managers on both sides of the deal that a switch to United would be a good move.
United hopes to close a deal for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong this week
United have also been linked with a transfer of Ajax forward Antony and their highly regarded central defender Lisandro Martinez.
Arsenal have already offered £30million for the player, although Ajax are eyeing £43million, knowing United are admirers.
The 24-year-old would be open to the opportunity to play in the Premier League and would be determined to seize his chance if the clubs can agree a fee.
United are interested in Martinez but have to sell first and Axel Tuanzebe, Phil Jones and Eric Bailly all want to move on.