Vieira supports Ten Hag
According to Patrick Vieira, the manager of Crystal Palace, Erik ten Hag can guide Manchester United to a Premier League title bid the next season.
Ten Hag has had a strong start to his first preseason at Old Trafford, scoring four goals per game as United cruised to easy victories over Liverpool and Melbourne Victory while on their tour of Asia and Australia.
United finished the 2021–22 season with their lowest Premier League point total (58), missing out on Champions League qualifying, although there is a lot of optimism that Ten Hag can turn the team around.
The club have been making moves in the transfer market in a bid to turn things around, adding Feyenoord left-back Tyrell Malacia, former Tottenham and Brentford midfielder Christian Eriksen, and agreeing a deal for versatile Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez.
Speaking as his team prepared for a friendly against United at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Vieira said there were already signs the Dutchman had improved the Red Devils.
“I think when you look at the first game they played against Liverpool and the game that they had against Melbourne, it looked like the new manager has started to implement the way that he wants the team to play,” the former Arsenal captain said.
But to believe that, you know, United, they used to play to win the Premier League, you just need to look at the individual quality that you have in that team.
Vieira believe they will be there this year, competing for a Champions League spot or a championship.
Conor Gallagher, a standout on loan from Chelsea last season, is expected to compete for a spot at Chelsea, which appears to have delivered a significant blow to Palace’s ambitions of improving on their 12th-place finish from the previous year.
Only Wilfried Zaha (14) scored more Premier League goals than Gallagher’s eight for Palace last season, and only Michael Olise (five) bettered the midfielder’s tally of three assists for the Eagles.
But with Gallagher declaring last week he was desperate to earn playing time at Stamford Bridge in the upcoming campaign, Vieira concedes Palace will have to do without his talents.
“At the moment I don’t think there is any chance because he is a Chelsea player,” he said of a potential return for Gallagher.
“He performed incredibly well for us, but he is currently in Chelsea’s preseason, and we sincerely wish him luck. There is probably no way to get him back, in my opinion.”