Former Manchester United midfielder Eric Djemba-Djemba has urged Manchester United to pull the plug on their move to appoint Erik ten Hag and instead move for an “English manager”.
Current Ajax boss Ten Hag is expected to be imminently announced as the new United boss, replacing interim manager Ralf Rangnick at the Old Trafford helm.
But Djemba-Djemba believes United are making a mistake, blaiming it’s very important to have a manager “who knows English football”.
He told Sky Sports: “They need to have a good manager, a manager who knows English football, a manager who knows English players.
“That is very important. I can’t mention any managers because I’m not on the board, I don’t know what the board want to do. For me though, they need to have an English manager or a British manager.”
Rangnick is well aware of the huge job Ten Hag will have on his hands when he arrives at Old Trafford, and highlighted the task by comparing the squad at United with the players Jurgen Klopp has at his disposal.
“Jurgen came six years ago and if you compare the squad he inherited, he came after eight or nine games and finished eighth, this is roundabout where we are currently,” he said.
“He had a point average of that season of 1.6 but with every transfer window after that they develop the kind of squad we have today.
“I am not blaming anyone, not my players nor anyone else, but we just have to realise what kind of squad they had available.
“Look at their bench, look at the four players who weren’t even in the squad: Roberto Firmino was the only one who was injured.
“Oxlade-Chamberlain wasn’t in the squad, Minamino was not in the squad, Harvey Elliott was not in the squad. This shows what kind of quality and team they have built together working with Jurgen and his team for the last six years.
“It is not just the quality of players but what kind of mentality they have, what kind of energy and physicality compared with high-speed. I would say they have 25 Formula One cars in their squad.”