Gary Neville Weighs In on Erik Ten Hag’s Manchester United Tenure
In the wake of another defeat for his beloved club, Gary Neville has shared his perspective on Erik ten Hag’s stint at Manchester United.
Neville firmly believes that the manager’s role at Manchester United has proven to be a challenging one over the years and that Ten Hag’s performance is no worse than any other manager’s would be. Neville suggests that issues at the club beyond the manager are at the root of the problems.
Manchester United faced their sixth defeat of the season, a 3-2 loss to Galatasaray in the Champions League, despite holding the lead on two occasions.
Ten Hag’s team has experienced defeats in both European matches and four out of seven Premier League games, marking the club’s worst start in the first ten matches of a season in 37 years.
However, Neville refrains from placing blame solely on the manager. He points out that issues at the club over the past decade have consistently led to top players falling short of their previously high standards.
According to the former right-back, Ten Hag faces the same challenges that previous managers encountered, and he doubts that the team’s fortunes will improve until these underlying issues are addressed.
In an interview with talkSPORT, Neville commented on Manchester United’s season start, saying, “It’s been scruffy, very scruffy—marked by inconsistency, injuries, and numerous on and off-pitch problems. I genuinely empathize with the manager. While many may argue that he should do better, he is, after all, the manager of Manchester United.
Nevertheless, there have been significant underlying problems at the club for the past decade that multiple managers have grappled with.”
Neville continued, “I think until those problems are resolved, we will continue to witness underperforming teams and players.
I stated a few years ago that it has become a graveyard for coaches and players, and I don’t think that’s too strong a term. Very few players have excelled at Manchester United in the past ten years.
These players were highly regarded when they joined the club, sought after by other clubs. However, once they arrived at Manchester United, they failed to meet expectations and perform at their best.
Why is that? It’s because the club hasn’t embraced these players in the way it should, and that’s something we need to rectify.”
Despite Neville’s perspective, Ten Hag has taken full accountability for the recent results and has pledged to do everything in his power to reverse the situation.
He stated, “I am responsible for this team, its performance, and the results, along with my squad. At the moment, we’re not getting the desired results, and the fans are understandably disappointed. I understand that.”