'To be able to stamp your authority on it you need time'

Erik ten Hag looks on dejected
Erik ten Hag looks on dejected

Michail Antonio and Callum Wilson both believe Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag needs more time to "stamp his philosophy" on the team.

The Dutchman has come in for criticism after his side continued their stuttering start to the season in their derby defeat on Sunday, where Manchester City dominated at Old Trafford.

Speaking on the Footballer's Football Podcast, West Ham forward Antonio said on Ten Hag's position: "It's a bit hard because one thing with Manchester United now is searching to find the right man and that's what they keep doing.

"But I feel it's got to that stage really where they need to try and commit to someone, give someone a couple of years to stamp their foot onto the team and stamp their philosophy onto it because if they get rid of him then who is the next man? They've tried everybody, so I feel like give him another opportunity and see how things go then, because he's had a lot to deal with outside of the football side of things and he's got a lot to deal with inside it as well.

"Beginning of the season things weren't looking too fresh and nice, but it's like a rollercoaster for him at the moment. Give him an opportunity, give him a couple of years and if things aren't going well then then you look at other ventures, but I feel like right now it would be too early to talk about giving him the tin-tack."

Newcastle forward Wilson feels the performances of other managers like Unai Emery and Ange Postecoglou has made it more difficult for Ten Hag and added: "At United the expectation from the people at the club and the fans is to win the league, it's a huge football club, and when the other side of Manchester is winning the league then that doesn't help and I guess that might play a part in it too.

"To be able to stamp your authority on it you need time, it's a common thing. If Ten Hag stays here and turns it around people will forget about all this because people have short memories in football."

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