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Erik ten Hag makes the disturbing statement that four Manchester United players need to “step up.”
The Red Devils’ midweek loss to FC Copenhagen was their ninth in 17 matches so far this season, and it put them in danger of missing out on the Champions League group stage.
Ten Hag’s impressive home record has been shockingly lost, along with mediocre Premier League play and an exit from the Carabao Cup in the fourth round have increased the pressure on the Dutchman.
However, Mills is certain that Ten Hag needs more time to accomplish his goals at Old Trafford, stating that his sometimes criticised rigid mentality is required to get United back to where they should be.
“I believe I would keep Erik ten Hag in his position.” Mills told Express Sport with Grosvenor Sport, “He is a coach who wants to improve individuals, and that can sometimes take time.”
Although his authoritarian style is disliked by some, you know, you need that.
“You must possess discipline, a strong work ethic, and discipline. And putting that into practice takes time.
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Erik ten Hag needs a string of successful outcomes. (Photo courtesy of Getty)
Since Sir Alex’s departure, Ten Hag has been United’s fifth permanent manager. The only person to not receive at least two seasons is David Moyes.
But it was difficult for Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer—the only manager to finish in the top three consecutively since Sir Alex—to build on their early success.
And while Mills thinks Ten Hag is carrying on with that unsettling pattern, she supports him in his quest for long-term success by surrounding him with the proper people.
“He had a very, very good season last season,” he continued. Although this season hasn’t started off well, can you name a manager that has enjoyed two successful seasons in a row since Alex Ferguson left? The answer is no.
“You know what, no one has become better every season. Is there a manager you know of that has had two successful seasons in a row?
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“You’ve had some amazing managers, but none of them have been able to string together consecutive winning seasons. Louis van Gaal, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Jose Mourinho, Ralf Rangnick was there for a spell, David Moyes.
Hence, in order to solve this problem—which is more complex than a simple Ten Hag problem—you must make some adjustments. It remains, in my opinion, Erik ten Hag’s project.
“I’m sure the Man United supporters will be unhappy. Although he hasn’t quite nailed it yet, he has Steve McLaren on board.
He is an exceptionally skilled coach. Positive people around him. And I believe they will improve if he is given more time.