Ruud Gullit says Manchester United are stuck in the past.
The former Chelsea manager and Dutch international believes Erik ten Hag needs to adapt his coaching to the Premier League, but fears the Dutchman could be caught working at a club stuck in the 90s.
Gullit, speaking to Laureus, doesn’t think United have been able to move on since the days of Sir Alex Ferguson.
“I think there are a lot of problems at Manchester United” Gullit said, in accordance with the Telegraph.
“I think they missed the chance to change football. I think they live too much in the past. They talk too much about the team of the 90s. It’s the past. You see teams, they are playing football that they now want to play, but they are too late.
“Pep Guardiola did it, [Jurgen] Klopp did it, [Thomas] Tuchel did it and they were suspended in the past, [Louis] Van Gaal and [Jose] Mourinho too. Great coaches, but there’s a new era, there’s a new way to play and that’s why they’ve stood behind.
“Nowadays players want to go to different teams. They want to go to Liverpool, they want to go to Manchester City, they want to go to Chelsea. They’re not the main team in England anymore like they were with Ferguson. This is the past, so you have to change your mentality a bit and it will take time.
“Also they have five former players who talk about Manchester United every day. It’s difficult. Difficult. And the only way to overcome that is to win and if you don’t then every day you’ll see the newspapers, the top five, six articles on United, every day.
There’s a lot of home truths in there — and some of them we don’t like coming from the outside, like Gullit, but he makes some valid points.
Going from the greatest manager of all time isn’t easy and I don’t know why people claim we’re still sticking to the days of Ferguson where the results couldn’t be worse.
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Ten Hag started his United career with a 2-1 loss to Brighton & Hove Albion and he is still trying to sign Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong.
“I think Ten Hag is a good coach, but if you come with a Dutch mentality to come to England it’s difficult,” he added. Gullit added. ” You have to adapt. You have to understand that you don’t just win games with football, you also need power.
“You need power, you need technique, you need stamina, you need the right mentality. If you also see, in midfield, you know, you need players who can play.