BBC pundit and former Premier League player Alan Hutton has backed Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag to be at the club for a significant period of time.
Following Ralf Rangnick’s tenure in temporary charge of the Red Devils, it was announced back in April that Ten Hag would be the next permanent manager at Old Trafford, joining on a three-year deal.
In the midst of his first season in charge of United, the 53-year-old could be set to see new owners take control of the club from the Glazer family, with Sir Jim Ratcliffe and a Qatari consortium led by Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani being two of the interested parties looking to invest in the Old Trafford club.
In terms of the manager’s time at the helm of the club so far and what his future could look like, Hutton has shared their thoughts on the matter.
Speaking to Football Insider, Hutton was asked if he felt Ten Hag could stay at United for a long period of time regardless of any potential new owners that could be in the frame at some point in the near future.
He said: “I think so. I think that is what he has shown in the short term. He has really turned around that team quickly and you can see what he wants to do.
“He wants young, hungry players that he can develop and mould into the way he wants to play. He has disciplined the group and obviously it is working.
“It is going to take time, it is a process. When you are looking at the bigger picture, you need to go and give these guys time to go and work, bring the players in that he wants. So I can see him being there for a number of years.
“Man United fans will be hoping that he can bring the glory days back. He’s certainly been amazing so far.”
Since taking charge of the club, the Dutchman has won the Carabao Cup and got his side into the semi-finals of the FA Cup, the quarter-finals of the Europa League and in the race to finish in the top four of the Premier League by the end of the season.
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As well as this, the former Ajax boss has received praise from the likes of Gary Neville, who lauded Ten Hag’s management style and the way he has worked with the players since his arrival.
With all of that in mind, it’s safe to say that should United end up with their hands on more silverware at the end of the season and a place in the next Champions League campaign, a lot of supporters and any potential new owners would surely want, as Hutton said, for Ten Hag to stay where he is for a significant period of time.