Former Man Utd defender likens Ten Hag to Fergie as he tips youngster to get his chance

Joe Williams
Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag lifts the Eredivisie trophy in the air

Former Man Utd defender Paul Parker thinks Erik ten Hag will give young players like Alejandro Garnacho regular game time in the first team next season.

Ten Hag began work at the Red Devils on Monday with the Dutchman concentrating on the “make-up of the staff and the composition of the squad”.

There has been a lot of focus on the players who Ten Hag could bring in during the summer transfer window with the 52-year-old reportedly getting a transfer kitty of between £100m and £150m.

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However, former Man Utd full-back Parker reckons some of their squad building will come from within as Ten Hag has a reputation for giving younger Ajax players a chance.

Speaking to, Parker said: “There is an opportunity for him (Garnacho) because of the new manager coming in. The manager will integrate him and other young players because that’s what he does.

“It’s an easy thing for him, that’s what he does and if he doesn’t do that, then Manchester United have got the wrong kind of manager. Garnacho will mostly get an opportunity to be training regularly and be filtered in.”

Former Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson gave youth a chance during his time at Old Trafford, famously with the Class of ’92, and Parker sees similarities between Ten Hag and their legendary manager.

Parker added: “United have always been that way under Sir Alex. That’s the way he was, he was always looking to bring young players in the dressing room and tell us all they are going to take your place.

“It’s Manchester United maybe taking a step back, in the sense of not going out and buying players commercially, actually trying to make them commercially viable, which is the way it was before.”

Meanwhile, Anthony Elanga has been impressed by what he has seen and heard about the new Man Utd manager. Speaking yesterday, he said: “You can see the way they were playing in the Champions League, not only this season but prior to this season, the way they have done in the leagues.

“He has got a fantastic record in Europe and the way he has developed young players, players that I have played against in the youth team as well as in the national team. I have got kind of an idea of what he can bring to the team, and I am really excited to work with him.”