Rio warns Ten Hag he could be 'chewed up and spat out' by United

Rio Ferdinand warns Erik ten Hag he could be ‘chewed up and spat out’ by the Man United players if he fails to change the culture at Old Trafford… and says his time coaching in Pep’s Bayern setup could be key to success

  • Erik ten Hag is closing in on becoming the new Manchester United manager
  • He is being lined up to take over at Old Trafford on a three-year contract
  • Rio Ferdinand insists Ten Hag must change the club’s culture if he is to succeed 

Rio Ferdinand has warned Erik ten Hag he could be ‘chewed up and spat out’ by the Manchester United players if he doesn’t introduce a new culture at Old Trafford.

It emerged on Tuesday night that Ten Hag is closing in on taking the role for next season on an initial three-year contract, with the framework of his United deal already in place.

There are suggestions some of the United squad are underwhelmed at the prospect of Ten Hag coming in and Ferdinand feels the Dutchman must change the culture at United to avoid following the path of predecessors such Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal.

Rio Ferdinand feels Erik ten Hag must change the culture at Manchester United is he takes over

Ajax manager Ten Hag is closing in on taking the United job on a three-year contract

Speaking on his Vibe with Five YouTube channel on Wednesday, Ferdinand said: ‘I’ve got to take my hat off to him because this is a risk. Many managers have been spat out here and he has good stock in the game at the moment.

‘He’s valued and looked at as a very good coach and he’s coming in and he’s risking that.

‘We’ve seen many managers now with far more experience, who have won much more than Ten Hag, bigger reputations, who have come in and been chewed up by this football club and spat out. And the players are still the same.

‘So he has to find a way of getting in there and managing the characters, the personalities and the egos that are in there. And I know I sound like a broken record but the thing he has to do first is change the culture, bring the new culture and drive it. He has to do that, it’s a massive part of if he’s going to be successful.’

Ferdinand acknowledged that people may query Ten Hag’s big club record and question whether he has worked at a club of United’s magnitude before.

But he believes Ten Hag’s time in charge of Bayern Munich’s second team, when Pep Guardiola was manager, could prove key if he takes control of United.

‘He has been at the background at a big club – Bayern Munich are a huge club, one of the biggest in the world,’ Ferdinand added. ‘He was in the building at Bayern Munich when Pep was there. 

Ferdinand believes Ten Hag is taking a risk by coming in as the new manager of United

Ferdinand says Ten Hag’s time at Bayern Munich under Pep Guardiola will help him at United

‘He understands what it is like at a big club with huge demands – something what Man United will be like. 

‘And most importantly he has been around big players, sat in the background and watched – seen how they are handled by Pep and his staff and seen how they react to certain situations. So he has the experience of being around big players.’

Ten Hag’s Ajax side currently lead the Dutch Eredivisie by four points and are also in the Dutch Cup final, where they take on PSV Eindhoven this weekend.

United, meanwhile, are seventh in the Premier League standings and look set to miss out on Champions League football next season. They are six points behind fourth-place Tottenham and play Norwich at Old Trafford on Saturday. 

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