‘Paul Pogba and Harry Maguire not to blame’ – Manchester United ‘years away from top four battle’ with Erik ten Hag likely to regret move to Old Trafford


Erik ten Hag will regret his decision to take charge of Manchester United, according to former Premier Leage star Scott Minto.

The Red Devils suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat at the hands of Brighton on Saturday, a result that ended any hope of finishing the season in the Premier League top four.

United put in a shocking performance against Brighton on the south coast
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The result at the Amex Stadium was no fluke, with Minto claiming United were far from even a top-four challenge.

He told talkSPORT: “I remember going to Old Trafford when I was at West Ham. We scored the first goal after 20 minutes, pissed them off and lost 7-1.

“You have Beckham, Keane, Scholes, Giggs, Sheringham, Cole, Yorke, but it’s not Manchester United.

“It’s a mid-table team. You want to judge him on the whole season and not on a game, but what you want to do is that even if the manager leaves, you want to finish with some momentum and some confidence.

“I’m telling you now, Erik ten Hag checks his contract to see if the ink is dry, pulls out a rubber and says ‘I’m not quite sure I can turn it around.’

“It’s going to take years to fight for a title again, but if they’re going to be like that, I don’t see them being in the top four for a few seasons.

'Paul Pogba and Harry Maguire not to blame' - Manchester United 'years away from top four battle' with Erik ten Hag likely to regret move to Old Trafford
Rangnick didn’t look happy with what he witnessed
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“That’s why Ten Hag and what he does with recruitment in the summer is absolutely crucial because it’s Manchester United, but today it’s not the Manchester United we know.”

Those sentiments were echoed by Gabby Agbonlahor who told talkSPORT that Ten Hag will be looking for 15 new signings due to the level of performance put in place at the Amex Stadium.

He said: “A few weeks ago I said Manchester United needed 15 new players and people laughed at me, but when you look at this performance today they need 15 new players. .

“None of the players on this team will watch Ten Hag and want to play next season. They were unbothered, dispassionate about playing for Man United and I don’t like to use the term ‘on the beach’, but it looked like they were.

'Paul Pogba and Harry Maguire not to blame' - Manchester United 'years away from top four battle' with Erik ten Hag likely to regret move to Old Trafford
Ten Hag will need around 15 new signings this summer, says Agbonlahor
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“Brighton are a good, good team, but Manchester United should never lose 4-0 to Brighton and today. They let the club down, the fans are chanting ‘you’re not fit to wear the shirt’ and they were all poor today.”

He added: “You can’t blame Pogba for today, you can’t blame Harry Maguire for today, so maybe players like Varane need to be called up because they were poor today. today.

“It was very disappointing for the Man United fans.

“You never see that kind of performance from Man City or Liverpool, that’s why the gap is so big.

'Paul Pogba and Harry Maguire not to blame' - Manchester United 'years away from top four battle' with Erik ten Hag likely to regret move to Old Trafford
Minto said United are years away from challenging for a top four finish
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“You can’t show up one week and do it and then show up the next week and just do the basics.

“Ralf Rangnick will take a lot of notes.

“He will have filled out a pad of paper because those players don’t want to play for Man United and the players who go on free transfers because they don’t want to renew their contracts, when have you ever heard that before? Now the players can’t wait to leave.

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