Man Utd news: Sir Alex Ferguson offers Erik Ten Hag opinion, Cristiano Ronaldo message.
The pulse in Manchester United’s season has been fading for months now – they will be keen to ensure it doesn’t completely flatline on Thursday against Chelsea.
A loss to Arsenal on Saturday effectively ended the team’s chances of finishing in the top four this season, but the fight is not technically over yet. And with a new manager coming in in the summer, any slacking off will surely be taken into account by the new decision makers.
United’s players will also be keen to instil some pride back into the fanbase, having slumped to embarrassing losses to Everton, Liverpool and the Gunners.
Mirror Sport has all your latest United news ahead of that encounter, with both teams looking to finish underwhelming terms strongly.
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Ferguson offers Ten Hag opinion
Legendary United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has backed Ten Hag to fare well as the club’s new manager and encouraged him to “get in control” at Old Trafford.
Since Ferguson left in 2013, United have struggled to find consistency in the dugout and performances have suffered. The title the Scotsman won in his final season remains the Red Devils’ last and currently they are a long way away from the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool.
Ferguson was asked for his thoughts on the Dutchman and said he hopes he performs. “I hope he does well, the club needs someone to get in control and I hope he does well,” he said.
Evra defends Ronaldo
Former United left-back Patrice Evra has warned the club that the present is still important despite the ongoing struggles of the team.
Fans will be hoping Ten Hag can instil a blueprint that lasts for years to come, although a club as big as the Red Devils will still be expected to perform in the immediacy too.
Evra thinks that should not be forgotten and has defended the performances of 37-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo with that in mind.
“I think Cristiano Ronaldo, we can’t talk about him anymore,” he said. “He’s scored 22 goals and people are still talking about his age. Focus on the present. That’s why I have nothing to say about Ten Hag apart from you’re more than welcome to our club, I will support any manager because I will support my club for life.”
Youngsters in contention
United’s current interim manager Ralf Rangnick has a number of selection issues to contend with ahead of Thursday’s encounter and may call on some of the club’s rising stars as a result.
Hannibal Mejbri, Alvaro Fernandez, Shola Shoretire and Will Fish were pictured in first-team training ahead of the game, with the former recently coming on in the 4-0 loss to Liverpool at Anfield.