News From Manchester: Paul Scholes sets clear Manchester United target for Erik ten Hag during first season

At the end of a dismal campaign, Ten Hag started work at Old Trafford as he sets about a much-needed rebuild that will, it is hoped, lead to better fortunes on-field. United finished sixth this term and their long wait for silverware has also been extended to five years.

During that same time-frame, the inbound Dutchman won three Eredivisie titles with Ajax as well as two KNVB Cup trophies. Ten Hag clearly has the pedigree to challenge for success, then, but Scholes wants him and United to set a more realistic – and measured – target for the season ahead.

Scholes told Premier League Productions: “It's going to be difficult, it's a massive job, a major job we all know to get closer to Manchester City and Liverpool, even to get closer to Tottenham and Chelsea. I can't believe I'm saying that but you're 13, 14 points off them as well.

“So he's got a major job just to get them into the Champions League. I think finishing fourth next year will be seen as some kind of success.”

He added: “[Ten Hag] has to be [backed in the transfer market]. The club have employed him now they have to give him exactly what he wants. This manager needs backing. He's been brought into the club to turn it around.”

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