Gary Neville believes Erik ten Hag has a mountainous task of rebuilding Manchester United.
The Ajax boss has been announced as the new Red Devils manager, and the club legend thinks he will need up to five years before trophies start being delivered.
Ten Hag, 52, has signed a three year contract with the 20-time league champions, with the option to extend for a further 12 months.
His track record in Amsterdam since being appointed as their manager in December 2017 is excellent, having won two league titles, two Dutch cups, and reached a Champions League semi-final in 2019.
Another title could soon follow too given his side lead PSV Eindhoven by four points with five games to play in the Eredivisie.
But the task he has at Old Trafford will not be an easy one given the club’s current predicament.
Manchester United have not won a trophy in half-a-decade despite spending more than £500million on transfers, and have not won the league title since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.
On the face of things, there looks to be a big rebuild happening at Old Trafford, with two scouts leaving the club, and one player – Nemanja Matic – confirming he’s departing at the end of the season.
Speaking on Sky Sports, Man United icon Neville has outlined the summer the club are set to have which includes several players leaving, and a few new faces coming in.
“I think come of the end of the season, which needs to come very quickly for Manchester United, a new manager, who they’ve appointed quickly, [and I] am pretty certain that we’ve heard over the past couple of weeks he’s been influencing what he takes control of in the initial period,” he said.
“There’ll be a lot of outgoings, which are needed, and then there will be a group of new signings, which always brings excitement.
“And a manger hopefully that can get the team back playing with pride again.
“I think its difficult at this moment in time to get really excited, Erik ten Hag’s still got a job to do at Ajax.
“But I think at the end of the season, certainly pre-season there will be that feeling of what is Erik ten Hag going to bring to the club, what’s our style of play, how is he going to impact the current players that are there that will remain, and the incoming signings.
“There will be excitement, but I don’t quite…
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