With the Premier League season completed, BoyleSports sat down with Man Utd and Wales soccer legend Clayton Blackmore.
The previous midfielder provides his opinion on new Crimson Devils boss Erik ten Hag and the summer time that awaits for the membership. It’s a must-read for any Man Utd fan!
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When you had been in Erik Ten Hag’s footwear, what’s the primary place you’d strengthen this summer time?
To begin with, they’ve misplaced Edinson Cavani so that they want a great centre ahead to assist Cristiano Ronaldo, you may’t simply depend on him subsequent season.
You want any person up there to play within the Quantity 9, Ronaldo could be within the 10 spot like Eric Cantona, taking pictures from outdoors the field and selecting up the ball deep. If Robert Lewandowski is accessible I feel he could be good with Ronaldo enjoying off him.
We’d like crosses from the proper and from the full-back – the right-back isn’t that robust. Dalot is best than Aaron Wan-Bissaka – I’ve by no means seen him put a great cross in, and I feel he was a winger as effectively when he was at Crystal Palace in order that’s worrying.
Ten Hag must type out coaching, I ponder what they’re doing. They’ve had two of the most effective headers of the ball in Cavani and Ronaldo this yr, however there are not any crosses coming in. It’s loopy.
I used to be at Liverpool the opposite week and so they play like Wimbledon used to however with extra high quality.
Jurgen Klopp is aware of methods to be harmful in opposition to sides. When you’re a defender, you don’t need the ball entering into behind you and that’s what Liverpool look to do.
United play in entrance of the defence. David Beckham put the ball in behind the defence his total profession, it’s not rocket science, it’s soccer and that’s what it’s a must to do.
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What do you consider Man United’s season with the whole lot that has occurred, do you assume the glory days are lengthy gone?
It’s been a very dangerous season and for me, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did effectively. We completed second within the Premier League final season and within the last of the Europa League.
Then we introduced in Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho, and Raphael Varane for this season and it didn’t work. It didn’t work for me as a result of the managers failed. He’s received the identical gamers, why are we trying like we don’t know what we’re doing?
Clearly, there’s all the time a change when a supervisor goes and one other is available in – for me it received worse, Ole was doing OK.
For me he wasn’t the proper man, I don’t know why however he was too defensive – he was a ahead himself!
I don’t know if perhaps as a result of he was a sub or what, coming off the bench, however I take a look at among the groups we had and we had higher gamers coming off the bench than we did on the pitch.
We’d have 5 gamers on the bench, and if I used to be supervisor, they’d have been beginning and I didn’t get it.
Then Ralf Rangnick’s are available in and took us all the way down to a brand new degree. You possibly can take a look at individuals like Marcus Rashford and blame him as a result of he didn’t do effectively however I’m watching him on the pitch and Rangnick is saying nothing.
He must be guiding extra and telling him what he needs him to do, he’s the supervisor.
I feel now with Ten Hag, he appears like he will likely be in management, he’s going to get them enjoying as a staff because it’s a staff recreation irrespective of what number of stars you’ve received.
In the event that they don’t play as a staff it received’t work. Actual Madrid confirmed that years in the past they’d about 5 of the most effective gamers on the earth and so they nonetheless didn’t win the league.
How far off are we? We had been behind Liverpool final yr; I do know Virgil van Dijk was out however that’s one centre half, so for me the one drawback I’ve received now’s due to what Rangnick’s finished we’ve received gamers like Cavani coming off at Burley and he shakes his head as a result of we’d like a purpose.
He’s the fourth-best centre ahead on the planet, he’s taking him off for Ronaldo who for some purpose is on the bench – the most effective gamers on the planet, and for me must be enjoying alongside him.
I feel they performed them collectively as soon as this yr in opposition to Spurs (away) and we received 3-0, so let’s do it on a regular basis. I simply couldn’t get it.
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When it comes to the present squad, which gamers do you assume the brand new supervisor will look to promote this summer time?
There’s no such factor as a poisonous participant. The newspapers all the time go on about Paul Pogba. I do know him, he’s a improbable lad, watched him develop up when he was 16/17.
I’m studying papers pondering “oh he will need to have modified”. However there are 4 or 5 gamers that simply aren’t adequate and they should go. Possibly eight or 9 gamers, even.
The important thing ones are Nemanmja Matic who’s gone to Roma, Pogba might be ready for the very best bidders – he’ll most likely find yourself at Actual Madrid or one thing.
Yearly within the league he’s our greatest for creating probabilities. He does essentially the most assists, although he misses three-to-four months by means of damage.
However the media speak has labored as a result of the followers have believed it and now he’s going. Individuals say he doesn’t shut down however I feel he does. All of the older gamers do, as a result of they’re winners.
What’s a great season for United subsequent yr?
Ten Hag will likely be going for the highest 4 and the distinction will likely be how the staff will work as a staff.
His Ajax staff labored as a staff and that’s what he must do at United. They need to be arduous to play in opposition to and they’ll nonetheless have Ronaldo.
I really feel sorry for Ten Hag as a result of he’s not going to get Pogba, Matic, or Cavani to work with. If he got here in at the beginning of the season, we might have simply within the high 4.
Rangnick was alleged to convey the work price and staff spirit. The staff spirit is there, that’s at each membership, however they don’t have the work ethic.
Working as a staff, urgent collectively. They need to do it collectively. Man Metropolis work tougher operating again than we do going ahead and that’s not good. Hopefully with the gamers we’ve received he may have them working higher as a staff.
Richard Arnold is there now as effectively with Sir Alex, Bryan Robson and David Gil, so I feel the membership is in the proper palms in the mean time.
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