‘Ten Hag needs to sell half of his team’

Erik Ten Hag Manchester United

Half of Manchester United’s team needs to be moved on in a dramatic shake-up by new boss Erik ten Hag, according to Reds legend Paul Parker.

He told The Betfred Football Show that the current players aren’t wanted by the boss, but he’s finding it impossible to move them on because clubs won’t even take them on loan.

Parker described the performance against Brentford as “the lowest of the low”, and that it “doesn’t get any worse”.

The ex-United, Chelsea and England defender said the players need to think for themselves on the pitch, and if the tactics put forward by Ten Hag are not working then kick the ball out of play.

Ahead of Monday’s huge game against Liverpool at Old Trafford, the 58-year-old said he doesn’t hold out much hope at all for a result but that if the United squad leaves the pitch feeling proud then it would be a bonus.

Former Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adams, who joined Parker on the show, does however expect a reaction from United’s under-performing players, adding: “There are top players there who can change it.”

Adams denied he’s enjoying United’s demise, claiming he wants the top clubs competing for the Premier League.

He added that the club haven’t backed Ten Hag in the transfer market, suggesting the Dutchman should have been given between £200-300million to spend on strengthening his squad.

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Adams is predicting a 2-1 victory for Liverpool on Monday, and a 1-1 draw for Merseyside rivals Everton who face Nottingham Forest.

He and Parker agreed that Chelsea will win at Leeds, and that Leicester will be too strong at home to Southampton.

The duo are convinced that league leaders Manchester City will win at Newcastle, with Parker predicting they will out-pass the Magpies and thus quieten the crowd in what Adams described as a battle between the two riches clubs in the land.  

They were also in agreement that Spurs will beat Wolves – but Parker reckons Crystal Palace will beat Aston Villa, while Adams opts for a 2-0 win for Steven Gerrard’s side.

They also differed in opinion on the West Ham-Brighton game, with Adams going for the Hammers and Parker predicting a draw.

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Author: Paula Allen