Roy Keane optimistic for Erik ten Hag’s arrival as Manchester United manager

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Roy Keane has spoken of his positivity about Erik ten Hag’s imminent arrival as Manchester United manager.

The Dutchman will take over in the summer after a poor period for the Red Devils under Ralf Rangnick, leading to Keane’s optimism that he will get a good view of the team ahead of his first day in the role.

The ex-midfielder told Sky Sports ahead of the game with Chelsea on Thursday: “I think he’s a good appointment, there’s been a lot of speculation and the club will be glad to get the deal done - so he can start looking at the club and the background.

“He’s got a solid CV, a very good reputation. But I suppose the proof will be in the pudding and we’ll know better when he’s in the job and he gets the backing, the support and hopefully a little bit of power to get United back competing at the top.”

United legend Keane warned Ten Hag that he has a big job on in the transfer market, echoing Gary Neville’s sentiment of a potentially “brutal transition”.

“He’s got to get a group of players that will give everything for the cause, that will be hard to beat,” he added.

“Hopefully he’ll have a style of play that entertains the fans, but it’s a rebuilding job. He’s fortunate coming in in the summer with five or six players on big contracts already leaving - that will help.

“I think every United manager will get backing, he will get some money to spend but it’s about getting the right players and right characters into the club - what we’ve seen from this group of players that last few months has not been good enough.”

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