Cristiano Ronaldo thinks Erik ten Hag will need time to succeed at Manchester United but thinks they can challenge for trophies next season.
The Red Devils have confirmed the appointment of the Dutch head coach on a long-term deal and will welcome him after the end of the season when he leaves his current club Ajax.
Ten Hag faces a huge challenge at Old Trafford as he seeks to fire United into the field after a disastrous Premier League season, while galvanizing the squad as he tackles reports of unrest in the first team.
One player who could have a key role to play next season is Ronaldo, and according to the 37-year-old things need to change at the club.
Speaking to United’s official website, Ronaldo said: “What I know of him is that he’s done a fantastic job for Ajax, he’s an experienced manager.
“But we have to give him time. Things must change as he wishes.
“I hope we are successful, of course, because if you are successful, all of Manchester will be successful as well. I wish him the best.
“We are happy and excited, not only as players, but also as supporters.
“I wish him the best and believe that next year we will win trophies.”
Carlton Cole was discussing United’s future under teg Hag during his appearance on The Sports Bar and believes it could take five years to fight the ‘virus’ in the dressing room.
He said: “The players Man United have at their disposal have not done well for them.
“You can’t just watch the players, it’s a matter of management, but even higher it’s in the boardrooms.
“They haven’t defined the culture of the club in terms of managers. It’s been like a revolving door since Sir Alex Ferguson and they haven’t been able to settle in.
“It starts from there and then what you buy on the pitch turns into results.
“Ten Hag is coming, he is going to watch his team and see who is going to fight for him, which players are going to give him that bit of quality and who is going to score the goals.
“They’ve sorted out some of these things, but how long is that going to take? If it’s a five-year project, it will take two or three windows to get players in and also to get them out, because that’s the most important thing.
The players in this locker room could be a virus.
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