Ten Hag, 52, was officially unveiled as United's new manager on Monday, addressing the assembled media at an Old Trafford press conference. He outlined his plans for the summer and his long-term project to return the club to the top.
The Dutchman watched United's Premier League final day defeat to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park from the stands, giving him an insight into just how big the task is that lies ahead. Big changes are expected to be made this summer, with as many as 10 players potentially leaving United.
And for former United striker Yorke, who recently landed his first job in management, taking charge of Australian outfit Macarthur FC, it is going to require major changes to turn the club around. Yorke was recently in Manchester for the Legends of the North fixture with Liverpool and discovered some insight into what has gone wrong at Old Trafford.
“We [Manchester United] are nowhere near where we are supposed to be, especially with the players that we have in the squad at the moment,” said Yorke, as quoted by France 24. “I spent the last two weeks there and had some more insight into looking where the club is and why we are in that position.
“He's [Ten Hag] got some major surgery to repair there, there's work that needs to be done.”
Ten Hag, who has confirmed that pre-season will get under way on June 27, is set to face an array of different hurdles to jump over the coming weeks. And for Yorke, it is hard to predict which will be the first he tries to navigate.
He added: “I'm not sure what his first step needs to be but he must stamp his authority on the team in terms of getting the players united together. That seems to be a bit of a challenge at the moment.