Manchester United legend-turned-pundit Gary Neville has expressed doubts whether Erik ten Hag would become the club’s next manager amid their dismal run of form in the Premier League.
The Dutchman has been identified as the perfect candidate to succeed interim boss Ralf Rangnick this summer, but he has yet to agree personal terms with the Red Devils.
The 52-year-old wants ‘enough power‘ over the decision-making related to transfers. This is currently holding up United from finalising his appointment from Ajax.
Speaking on the Gary Neville Podcast, Neville described the Red Devils as a ‘bit of a farce’ with the players having downed tools over the past few months under Rangnick.
He said: “I’ve got very few words left for Manchester United. No anger, no comment anymore. They are a bit of a farce; you almost expect it from them. The players are taking Ralf Rangnick down with them. They are bad.”
“They’ve got to get to the end of the season as quickly as possible. The reality is that any kind of performance in the last week against Leicester and Everton and they would have been in top four, but they haven’t got the spirit or the fight.”
The 47-year-old added that not a single United player would get into the Manchester City or Liverpool squad, and raised the possibility of Ten Hag snubbing them due to the current state.
He added: “There isn’t one Manchester United player that would get into any of those two teams (Man City or Liverpool), so why would you have an over-inflated ego, think you didn’t have to work hard, or be spiritless? I don’t see anything anymore.”
“I’ve read in the Sunday papers that Erik ten Hag wants all of his demands met or else he won’t come to the club. Imagine if they can’t get Ten Hag over the line because of what’s happening at the moment, and how bad a state the club are in.”
United had the chance to boost their Champions League pursuit after the international break. However, they have faltered with a draw and defeat against Leicester City and Everton respectively.
They are now six points adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur. There are still seven games to play, but seems an improbable task unless there is a big turnaround in their fortunes.
While they need to start winning games, Spurs also need to stumble. It could still happen, but the north London club look good value to cement a top-four spot at the end of the season.
United could end up qualifying for the Europa League or Europa Conference League, but some fans may feel a season away from Europe could work wonders for a rebuild.
With less number of games and more preparation time, the next manager could get his ideas in on the training field. Ten Hag is still the favourite for the job, but United must meet his demands.
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