Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag told to copy Mikel Arteta in bid to save Man Utd job

Erik ten Hag need to follow Mikel Arteta's lead by 'sweeping the board' at Manchester United in his bid to create a positive environment and return major silverware to Old Trafford.

The former Ajax boss has watched his players lose 2-1 at home to Brighton before slumping to a 4-0 defeat at Brentford to sit bottom of the Premier League table.

Nigel Winterburn, a three-time top flight winner with the Gunners, has now offered his thoughts on what Ten Hag needs to do at United by pointing to the work of Arsenal boss Arteta.

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Speaking to Paddy Power, Nigel Winterburn said: "Erik ten Hag is the manager that's been brought in, so they have to give him time.

"If I'm honest, United look exactly like Arsenal, but they’ve probably fallen further in terms of status, than Arsenal have.

"In my period there was some huge battles in terms of winning titles and both teams have fallen and are now trying to climb.

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“It looks to me as if Ten Hag needs to try and do what Mikel Arteta has done, which is sweep the board."

Arteta has brought a wave of positivity back to Arsenal since tasting FA Cup glory in his first season as a manager – despite missing out on Champions League football.

United, on the other hand, have had struggled in the transfer market and are now looking at a battle to get back in the top half of the table.

Winterburn adds: "The Manchester United players are too comfortable. The level of performance wasn't high enough, you've got to push the bar up and it's looking as if United are going to have to do the same.

“In saying that, they've already spent a huge amount of money since Sir Alex (Ferguson) left, but they've now got to get trust in a manager and try and get a process where there's some sort of structure.

"It's still very early but we're looking from the fallout from last season, and they are well off the pace, and they did need to do something drastically over the next season and a half."


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