Simon Jordan’s ‘ridiculous’ Erik ten Hag Man Utd comments spark strong reaction

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Simon Jordan has been having his say on Erik ten Hag and Man Utd.

Manchester United fans are not impressed with Simon Jordan’s latest assessment of their side.

Jordan has hit out at United and their manager Erik Ten Hag despite this week bringing plenty of optimism from most.

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It had been a disastrous start to the season for United, who lost both of their first two games, but there was progress on Monday night when they managed to beat rivals Liverpool at home.

The performance was much improved, and most United fans - and indeed pundits - have spotted plenty of cause for optimism.

But talkSPORT pundit Jordan is still concerned about United, saying: “I think that they were very fortuitous to come against a very poor Liverpool side in the first 20 minutes that did everything that a side shouldn’t do against a very fragile, confidence-bereft Manchester United.

“They gave United their head and for the rest of the game I thought that Liverpool were the far better side.

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“Man United needed that result and with all due respect, I think it’s much easier to play against a side like Liverpool than it will be to play against Southampton, or than it is to play against Brighton or Brentford.

“It doesn’t alter the landscape for these players. In my mind, they are still mental minnows.

Jordan was just as critical of Ten Hag, adding: “Do you know what I took away from that interview yesterday? Honestly, I looked at Ten Hag and thought that this job is going to be too big for him. That was my take away.

“I watched him step up at the end and I saw a small man in a suit that doesn’t fit him and I thought ‘you don’t look like I thought you would’.

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“Do you know what I thought he’d look like in personality and demeanour? Jaap Stam, with his chest out.

“I know he doesn’t have the physical components of Jaap Stam and when I saw his list of rules about you won’t do this, and you won’t talk outside the dressing room… Ronaldo isn’t fit, it’s an easy decision.

“It’s easy not to play Ronaldo because he isn’t match fit.

“I don’t look at it and think it’s such a brave decision. Because the media create such a back story about how important Ronaldo is, it doesn’t mean that Ten Hag is so brave that he doesn’t follow the narrative of the scribes.”

Ten Hag picked up a first United win on Monday. Credit: Getty.Ten Hag picked up a first United win on Monday. Credit: Getty.
Ten Hag picked up a first United win on Monday. Credit: Getty. | Getty Images

Understandably, United fans haven’t taken particularly well to those comments.

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@GozieChrstoff1 on Twitter replied: “You all wanted the English manager to take over from Rangnick, I guess the fans wanted ETH and here we are. You lot couldn’t even give him a chance to land before slating him... but so far all the players he recommended are serious game ... I trust this coach to succeed.”

@Blazerkings added: “So according to critics the new United manager should win all matches instantly with considering whether the team is being strengthened or not wow.”

@Onthefencefan said: “Suggesting a job is “too big” for a manager based on their physical size or fit of their suit is about as ludicrous as it gets.”

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