Erik ten Hag ‘fortunate’ to still be at Manchester United, says Alan Pardew, who tells him to ‘show more personality’

Erik ten Hag ‘fortunate’ to still be at Manchester United, says Alan Pardew, who tells him to ‘show more personality’

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Alan Pardew has called for Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag ‘to show more personality’ as he suggested the Dutchman was ‘fortunate’ to still be at Old Trafford.

United suffered their 12th defeat of the season on Tuesday night when Bayern Munich beat them 1-0, and the Red Devils are now out of all European competition for this season.

Ten Hag has overseen yet another defeat for United

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Ten Hag has overseen yet another defeat for UnitedCredit: Getty

Ten Hag’s position as manager has come under question as results continue to fluctuate, with his side now suffering back-to-back losses.

He has been vocal in defending his side despite various problems that have arisen, but it seems to have not been enough for Pardew.

Speaking on talkSPORT Drive before United’s defeat to Bayern, the former West Ham and Newcastle manager was asked if Ten Hag is the right man for the job at Old Trafford.

“Well in my view, I think he’s been fortunate to still be there with some of the performances that they’ve had. I also want to call him out a little bit to show a bit more personality,” Pardew said.

“I think he’s playing the game a little bit in terms of being restricted in what he’s saying. It’s a similar tone, ‘We’re all together in this, there’s no problems’, I think Man United fans want to see a bit of personality from him, a little bit more.

“Like, ‘Actually, we’ve been rubbish and we need to turn it on tonight.’ I’d like him to sort of come out of that little bit, and I think if he’s being like that in the dressing room and being very matter of fact, I think that’s going to be a bigger problem for them.”

He added: “I’m not here with my League Manager’s Association manager’s hat on looking to get rid of managers but you’re saying to me, ‘What should he do?’ In my view, offer us a bit more of your personality.

“Come out and be a little bit more… not so much animated, but connect a little bit more. He’s been a bit matter of fact, like, ‘We’re all in it, everybody’s happy, let’s get [Scott] McTominay on, there’s team spirit in the dressing room, make sure you touch on that.’

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The United boss has been told to connect a little bit more

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The United boss has been told to connect a little bit moreCredit: Getty
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp could be a source of inspiration in how to do that

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp could be a source of inspiration in how to do thatCredit: Getty

“It all seems orchestrated, the whole message coming out of Man United and if I was PR at Man United with the experience I’ve got, I’d say, ‘Come on guys, let’s get out there!'”

Host Andy Goldstein asked if it was the difference between an English manager and a foreign manager, but Pardew then used Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp as an example to counter it.

“Does Klopp ever come out and say, ‘We were rubbish,'” he was asked, but Pardew replied: “I don’t say you’ve got to say, ‘We’re rubbish.’

“But I’m saying just talk a little bit more about, you know, ‘We’ve lost too many games this year, we need to deliver tonight.’ Put yourself on the line a little bit rather than sort of hiding behind a kind of corporate talk if you know what I mean.”

United’s defeat to Bayern has seen them crash out of the Champions League and Europe entirely as they finished bottom of Group A.

Ten Hag’s next task is to prepare his side for a huge Premier League clash away at rivals Liverpool this Sunday, a game that could prove to be defining for the rest of their season.



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