Paul Merson believes that Manchester United will be the toughest of Erik ten Hag’s life as the club is in disarray. United reported for pre-season this morning as the Dutchman took the first training session. The club’s failure to qualify for the Champions League also led to reports that Cristiano Ronaldo may want to leave. Despite the change in management, the club is yet to make a summer signing.
“If Ten Hag managed for the rest of his life, it’ll never be harder than what he’s taking on now,” Paul Merson said about Manchester United and Erik ten Hag’s. “This is a massive job. It’s the biggest club in the world and he is taking over when they’re in disarray. He needs to bring in as many players as he can because this team is not going to get you in the top four. They need to bring certain players in – (Frenkie) De Jong at Barcelona, he’s a good footballer – and then you move on from there. They need at least three or four players just to make a challenge for fourth place.”
“Jesus is the big one. I’m a big fan, I like him. Pep Guardiola played him in a lot of big matches – he trusts him. He’s a center-forward who wants to score goals,” he added. “People say he misses chances but everybody misses chances. The name of the game is when you miss a chance, you’re not scared to get back into the box and miss another one, and he’s definitely one of those players. I like what Arsenal has done to get that over the line. I think they’re in for a good season. There’s a project going on and they’ll be fighting for fourth place with Man United and Tottenham. If they can get into the Champions League and have a good cup run – the Europa is winnable – with the squad they’re building they’ve got a chance of getting some silverware this season.”