Phil Neville has claimed that if Manchester United can improve the structure of the club and allow Erik ten Hag to make some quality signings in the summer, the club could be just 12 months away from challenging Manchester City and Liverpool for the Premier League title.
Ten Hag is just weeks away from officially becoming United’s new manager, having had his appointment confirmed last month. The current Ajax boss is set to arrive at Old Trafford at the end of the season and he will have quite the task on his hands.
The 52-year-old will have to pick up the pieces of what has been a dire season at United, with a raft of players set to leave the club during the summer. With no Champions League football next season, Ten Hag will have to begin rebuilding his side, with interim manager Ralf Rangnick suggesting it could take as many as 10 new signings to get the club back on track.
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Plenty of pundits have already had their say on how far United are behind the Premier League’s top two. But Neville believes it might not take as long as some have predicted for Ten Hag to get his new side challenging again.
“There obviously needs to be big changes in the whole of the club, but what I would say is that could change very quickly,” Neville told Sky Sports. “I’ve heard people say five or six years, it can change within 12 or 18 months if you pick the right manager, the right players, and if you get the structure around the club right, that can change very quickly.
“All it will take is just two or three new signings, gain some confidence, gain some momentum. You look how quickly it took Jurgen Klopp to turn it around at Liverpool – two or three seasons it took.
“United need to act fast now, they’ve got a brilliant young manager, brilliant young coach, and he needs backing and he needs time. I think at this moment, United will give him that.
“United need to be back challenging. When I was younger, it was 26 years United went without winning a title, so nobody’s going to knock on your door and just hand you a Premier League title. You look at the quality of Liverpool and Man City at this moment in time, phenomenal managers with phenomenal teams, so it’s going to take a hell of a task to turn that around.”
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