Former Sheffield United and Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock believes it will “take at least three years” for Erik ten Hag to fix Manchester United.
Warnock, who officially retired from management in April, made the comments after Steve McClaren, assistant to Ten Hag, revealed what’s needed at Manchester United.
Manchester United finished sixth in the Premier League last season despite spending over £120million in signing Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho.
Manchester United also ended the campaign with a goal difference of zero after scoring 57 goals and conceding 57 goals.
Warnock posted on Twitter: “It’s going to take at least three years for Man United to sort out the chaos Steve McClaren talks about at the club, what a mess it sounds like there. Lack of leadership for a decade.”
What did McClaren really say?
“These are the things that we need to do, things like we all need to connect with each other,” McClaren said.
“Games are won Monday to Friday, if you get Monday to Friday right, games are won on Saturday. Each and everyone has to bring energy.”
“Pochettino (former Tottenham boss) talks about creating the culture, if no one brought energy he got them out, they had to bring some kind of energy to the group,” he added
“You have to be ready, have to be ready to train, you have to be ready to play, ready to impact as a sub, you have to react,” McClaren continued.
“A lot of people now, body language arms up in the air, you’ve got to react to get that ball back, win that ball back, whatever situation, react quick don’t think about it.”
“You’ve got to accept the rules, the conditions, you’ve got to accept the consequences if you do things wrong. You’ve got to commit, you’ve got to be a class act,” McClaren said.
“You’ve got to be a class act, especially in today’s football.”
He added: “When I first went to Manchester United there was hardly any rules but what they did; they did the right things and if they didn’t do the right things they owned it and they suffered the consequences and accepted the consequences.
“And I think if you’ve got those non-negotiables around that then you can’t go wrong.”