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TV pundit Richard Keys has questioned Manchester United’s appointment of Erik ten Hag, even nicknaming the Dutchman ‘Erik ten Months'.
After months of speculation, Ten Hag was announced as the new Red Devils boss on a three-year contract. The 52-year-old was chosen over the likes of Mauricio Pochettino and Luis Enrique due to his proven ability to rebuild squads.
But Keys isn’t entirely sold on his credentials. Writing on his blog, he said: “So now we know. Football’s worst kept secret is out. Erik ten Months is confirmed in the most uncomfortable hot seat of all.
"I genuinely wish him well. I hope he gets beyond the 10 months or so that United coaches are generally given – a pattern set after the sacking of David Moyes. Ten Months might turn out to be a stroke of genius by football director John Murtough and Darren Fletcher – but I have to wonder – what was the rush to appoint him?
“Not one of the other big clubs in Europe was chasing him. Not one. So why did United dive in headlong now? As I write Poch, looks as though he’ll be on the market. I still don’t believe Conte is in for the long haul at Spurs. There are so many other options. But it’s done.”
Ten Hag is expected to completely reshuffle the United squad, starting in the summer. A striker, midfielder and centre-back are all reported to be on his shopping list – with Harry Kane and Declan Rice amongst the names linked with a move to Old Trafford.
But Keys went on to question if the Ajax boss is capable of dealing with the big personalities in the dressing room. He continued: “Ten Months has got his work cut out and I fear he’ll go the same way as the others.
“Good luck with that at Carrington, Erik. ‘Er – Ronnie (Cristiano Ronaldo). You’re standing in the wrong position. You too, Bruno (Fernandes). And you Marcus (Rashford)’. I think not. As I said last week – big players at big clubs are different. They need handling differently. They’re not impressed by whiteboards and crayons."
- Manchester United FC
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