ANDER HERRERA has opened up on the huge task Erik ten Hag faces turning Manchester United back into title contenders.
The Spaniard played for the Red Devils the last time they won a trophy in 2017.
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But he reckons the task for Ten Hag is an enormous one because of the amount of competition he faces.
Appearing on the UTD podcast, Herrera said: “We have to realise that now the coaches are fighting against five or six teams to win trophies.
“It is tough to be a Manchester United coach.”
Beyond a rocky opening month, Ten Hag has had a decent start to life at Old Trafford, despite difficult circumstances.
Herrera played for three bosses at Old Trafford between 2014 and 2019; Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
During his recent podcast appearance, he assessed the managerial trio.
He revealed: “Very different managers. Van Gaal I can say, positional game coach, like a teacher sometimes for young players.
“Mourinho, a s***house coach. It doesn’t matter what you have to do to win, I just want to win, and we won. And Ole, a legend of the club.
“He believed so much in Sir Alex Ferguson’s philosophy and he wanted to bring that philosophy back to the club, but it was not easy. The players were different, the moment was different, football was different.”
Herrera left United for Paris Saint-Germain in 2019 – playing three seasons for the French side before returning to previous club Athletic Bilbao on loan last summer.