Incoming Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag should do ‘exactly the same’ as Mikel Arteta at Arsenal, believes Paul Scholes, as the club legend calls for the new boss to ‘take no nonsense’ in his rebuilding job.
Ten Hag will arrive from Ajax at the end of the season, taking over from interim manager Ralf Rangnick when his difficult spell in charge comes to an end.
It has been a pretty disastrous season for the Red Devils and there is expected to be a huge rebuilding job on the squad over the summer under Ten Hag and as Rangnick moves into his consultancy role.
Scholes has been impressed with the job Arteta has done at Arsenal as he rebuilds the Gunners squad, getting rid of the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, David Luiz and Mesut Ozil while trusting youngsters like Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe, and making signing for the future in the forms of Ben White and Aaron Ramsdale.
The Manchester United hero thinks Ten Hag should take a leaf out of Arteta’s book, and while he knows he will have a huge task on his hands, he likes what he has seen from the Dutchman so far.
‘It’s a big job for him, it’s a big job for anybody,’ Scholes told talkSPORT. ‘There’s an element of risk about it, but there’s a risk with any manager you appoint.
‘I think he’s done really well at Ajax. He’s got a really good pedigree, working with Pep [Guardiola] at Bayern as well.
‘He has to believe in his method. This job is ten times the job of Ajax. We know they’re the best team in Holland. But Man United is a worldwide football club.
‘He’ll have to accept criticism, but I think he’s got a talented group of players. He just has to get them to believe in his methods. It’s quite obvious they haven’t believed in what they’re being coached with the last two managers and haven’t believed in the way they’re playing.
‘If you look at what Arteta has done at Arsenal, that was a big rebuilding job and he’s taken no nonsense. I think this manager has to do exactly the same.’
Ten Hag certainly plans on taking no nonsense and insists that any player not performing their task under him will know what he thinks of them.
‘I’ll always be myself,’ Ten Hag told Dutch publication Trouw. ‘I will not change my view on coaching.
‘The type of players you have determines the way you play, but I’m in control of the demands and tasks that are asked of the players.
‘I decide what task a player has. If someone doesn’t perform his tasks, he will be made aware of that, no matter whom it may be. I will not compromise on that.’
For more stories like this, check our sport page.
Follow Metro Sport for the latest news on
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.