Man United stars slaughtered after 'underwhelming' Ten Hag update

By Noel Whelan

12th Apr, 2022 | 8:00pm

Erik ten Hag: Expert lambasts Man United stars after behind-the-scenes update

Noel Whelan has urged the Man United players to “look at themselves” after reportedly “turning their noses up” at the imminent appointment of Erik ten Hag.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 52-year-old will look to purge the Old Trafford dressing room upon his arrival.

As revealed by Football Insider yesterday (11 April), Man United are set to trigger Ten Hag’s £1.7million Ajax release clause after deciding to make him their new manager.

However, the Manchester Evening News claimed last week (4 April) that some Red Devils stars are “underwhelmed” by the appointment – instead preferring PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino.

Man United currently sit seventh in the table under interim boss Ralf Rangnick.

Whelan suggested the disgruntled players are “better off keeping their mouths shut” given their poor league performance.

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“These players need to look at themselves before asking questions of a potential new manager,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“I think there are fair few players in that Man United dressing room who don’t belong there at the moment.

“Look, they’ve got loads of work to do. Players shouldn’t be turning their nose up or casting judgement unless they’re sitting pretty at the top of the table.

“Ten Hag is going to get them working hard on the training ground, and he’ll expect returns.

“These players are better off keeping their mouths shut, really. Once Ten Hag comes in, it will be them leaving Old Trafford next time – not the manager.”

Ten Hag has been Ajax boss since 2017 and has won two Eredivisie titles during his time at the club.

He also guided the Dutch giants to the semi-finals of the Champions League during the 2018-19 season.

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