Manchester United’s new manager Erik ten Hag has expressed the possibility of ending Manchester City and Liverpool dominance despite taking over a struggling side that finished sixth in the Premier League.
Manchester City beat Liverpool to the title by a point, as United registered their lowest-ever Premier League points tally finishing 35 points behind the Champions.
City boss Pep Guardiola has now claimed four titles in five years, while Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp can complete a treble of cup trophies this season should they stun Real Madrid in Saturday’s Champions League final.
The Red Devils last secured a Silverware in the 2017 Europa League Finals with Jose Mourinho as the Manager, but have been left as bystanders since then.
However, Dutchman Ten Hag challenged the suggestion, it would take the departure of one or both of Guardiola and Klopp for United to be able to compete again.
“In this moment I admire them both,” Ten Hag said as he was unveiled at Old Trafford on Monday. “They play in this moment really fantastic football, both Liverpool and Manchester City.
“But you always see that an era can come to an end. I am looking forward to battle with them.”
The former Ajax boss, is United’s fifth permanent manager since the club last won a league title in Alex Ferguson’s farewell season in 2013.
Ten Hag boasts of working in a big club as he had a spell with Bayern Munich as the reserve team manager earlier in his career and said he was used to the demands of working at a big club.
Ralf Rangnick’s interim time in charge since November failed to register positive results as united finished 13 points outside the top four.
Rangnick is set to take over as Austria manager but is still contracted to the club in a consultancy role for the next two years.