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Ex-Man Utd man wants Ten Hag to get ‘angry’ like Pep at ‘sour apples’



Paul Parker wants the new permanent Man Utd manager to be a “disciplinarian” and weed out the “sour apples” at the club.

It has been a poor season for the Red Devils with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sacked in November and replaced by interim boss Ralf Rangnick until the end of the season.

Man Utd were already 12 points behind leaders Chelsea when the Norwegian was sacked and things have only got worse, with the seventh-placed Red Devils now 23 points adrift of new leaders City.

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Widespread reports yesterday insisted that Ajax boss Erik ten Hag has now agreed to become the new Man Utd boss and it’s only a matter of time before his appointment is confirmed.

And Parker is keen for Ten Hag – or whoever is the new manager – to get “angry” like Man City boss Pep Guardiola and claims the new gaffer “needs to have control” of his squad.

Parker told The Sun: “Manchester United need a manager who is a disciplinarian, a focal point, someone who is allowed to manage, where the players can’t go behind his back.

“The person who is managing that team needs to have control. You need the manager to have a say in every player who comes in. Some of the players Manchester United have signed in recent years haven’t been good around the dressing room.

“They’ve been sour apples in the barrel. They’ve been expensive coming in and they’ve gone out cheap but a lot richer with wages. All of that has to stop.

“You don’t hear stories of City and Liverpool players being that way. You look at Pep Guardiola and how angry he is, you see when he isn’t happy with something.

“Then you see the response from the players within that same game. You don’t see that with Man Utd players. You will read things on Twitter to find out how they feel. It’s definitely not what fans want to see. They don’t want to read it, they don’t believe in it.

“As the old saying goes, ‘Actions speak louder than words’. United need a manager who is told to build upwards. There is money but there needs to be a proper structure rather than the balsa wood one that’s there at this moment.

“You’ll have to look at getting in younger, enthusiastic players who want to play for the club — but you cannot just chuck a load of money at it.”

Parker added: “It’s a case of getting a manager in who has the discipline to coach, to make great players even greater. Someone who can coach average players and make them good players.

“At the moment, if any player has a good, honest agent, he’ll say this is the wrong time to go to Manchester United. The moment you get there the onus will be on you, you’ve got to deliver straight away.

“It becomes a toxic atmosphere in the dressing room when people are pulling one way and others pulling the other. It’s a difficult place to go to.

“You cannot suddenly go out, get rid of a load and then bring a load in. But the players whose contracts are running out, yes, I think you have to let them go.”


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