Erik ten Hag ‘can’t do much worse’ at Manchester United than the pathetic efforts served up by the team in the 2021/22 season, says one of his former Ajax stars.

Danish midfielder Lasse Schone was in Ten Hag’s first ever Ajax starting XI, alongside Donny van de Beek.

Schone is now at Dutch side NEC, who narrowly lost to Ten Hag’s Ajax at the end of April.

The midfielder was quoted by FC Update speaking about his former boss’ big task ahead at Manchester United.

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‘Can’t do much worse’

Schone says he is confident Erik ten Hag can be successful at Manchester United, but the seven-word second sentence of his comments spoke a brutal and uncomfortable truth about the low bar he has been set this season.

“It might be the biggest club in the world. You can’t do much worse than now.”

The comment is spot on, and Manchester United’s players should be ashamed.

The 35-year-old added he feels strongly that Ten Hag has the qualities to bring the good times back to Old Trafford.

“He has a good philosophy. He can definitely be a success there, I have every confidence in him.”

United sunk to a new low with a 4-0 defeat at Brighton at the weekend, a result which meant this will be the club’s worst ever Premier League season.

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Even if the team beat Crystal Palace on the final day, United would only finish on 61 points, the lowest in the Premier League era. The previous worst is the 64 points under Louis van Gaal in 2013/14.

Ten Hag will have loftier ambitions than simply surpassing United’s low points total this season, in his first year, but it probably helps to be coming in starting afresh.

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