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Quinton Fortune: Manchester United must continue to strengthen

Former Manchester United midfielder Quinton Fortune argues that while Erik ten Hag is doing a unbelievable job, the club still needs to get better.

Former Manchester United midfielder Quinton Fortune argues that while Erik ten Hag is doing a “unbelievable job,” the club still needs to get better.

The ex-Ajax head coach succeeded Ralf Rangnick in the Old Trafford dugout following an unsuccessful 2021-22 season, which also saw Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ousted as United finished 13 points off the top four.

The Red Devils lost their first two Premier League games under Ten Hag, but have gone on to record 26 points after the first 14 outings – five more than they managed at the same time of the previous campaign.

Fortune played for United for seven years under Alex Ferguson, from 1999 to 2006. During his time there, United won the Premier League in 2002–03.

He is thrilled with the gains made by his previous club, who he expects may land silverware under the Dutchman this term.

According to Fortune: “Ten Hag has done an unbelievable job compared to what I’ve seen last season.

“I’m sure Ten Hag would like to win a trophy this season, because that’s the nature of the game at the moment.

“He’s made so many good changes already, and you can see when you go to Old Trafford the positivity around the place about the way the team’s playing.”

It is already 23 years since Fortune joined a United side who had just won a historic triple of the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League the previous season.

While he acknowledges that it would take time for the Red Devils to regain their former glory, the former South African international stressed the necessity of Ten Hag bringing in the proper type of players.

“Of course, he needs to make signings to strengthen the team and to have competition in the team,” he added.

“I was really lucky that when I arrived in 1999 – shortly after we won the treble – there was competition for every position, and it was intense in training.

“It’s not easy playing for Manchester United, the pressure that comes with it. So, they need to recruit the ideal characters that desire to play for Manchester United.

“They need players who have got the hunger to win, and that fit in with the style of play and in the changing room.

“That’s just the nature of the culture at Manchester United – it’s not about winning one trophy, it’s winning every single trophy and trying to do it.

“Yes, it will take a few windows for him to get the players that he wants, but at the moment for us, from what I’ve seen, it’s looking very positive.”

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