Gary Neville insists that Erik ten Hag should be expected to win the Premier League title in the fourth year of his reign at Man Utd.
The Dutchman was confirmed as the new permanent Red Devils boss last month with interim manager Ralf Rangnick making way at the end of the season.
Man Utd beat Brentford 3-0 on Monday night to move six points ahead of seventh-placed West Ham – who have a game in hand on Rangnick’s men – but it’s unlikely that that the Red Devils will now finish higher than sixth position.
Ten Hag has a huge job on his hands to get Man Utd competing for Premier League titles again and Neville has set out his timeline of expectations for the Dutchman.
Neville said on Sky Sports: “I said four to five years to win a title and I don’t disagree with Jamie’s timeline of Champions League in the first two seasons while he’s sorting the recruitment out and getting used to the club.
“Third season getting very close, I think to the point whereby the club have got confidence and won a trophy maybe.
“And then that fourth year really is where they have to win a title, fifth year. That’s where I think really you’re looking at the moment realistically.
“We all hope he comes in and blows everyone away and that Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola blow up somehow.
“But they’re not blowing up are they? They’re achieving the same numbers of points year in year out so if their consistency remains, which there’s no reason to say it won’t then Ten Hag’s got a massive job to make up that points gap.”
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Year 3 | Title challengers
Year 4-5 | Premier League Winners
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Fellow pundit Roy Keane thinks the main thing Man Utd need to improve on is their recruitment with a lack of the right characters in the Old Trafford dressing room.
“Whatever their problems, they have to look at where Man City are, where Liverpool are,” Keane added.
“Man City, Liverpool and these other teams aren’t going to take it easy over the summer. They’re going to reinvest, get players in and get stronger.
“Klopp might stay on, Pep might stay on. It comes down to recruitment: getting the right players in and getting players out of the door, because the last few years just haven’t been good enough.
“How many times can you say it? The biggest frustration for me, when they’ve had these disappointments, is the reaction they’ve shown. There’s been a real lack of leadership, not enough characters in that dressing room.”
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