Michael Owen calls for one manager to replace Erik ten Hag now, Paul Scholes says he’s best coach he’s ever had

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag was forced to bat off more questions over his future after a horrific yet predictable loss at Crystal Palace.

Worryingly, this was the easiest of United’s final four league fixtures, and then there is the prospect of the FA Cup final.

Michael Owen thinks Steve McClaren could step up

Michael Owen and Paul Scholes spoke to Premier League Productions following Manchester United’s 4-0 loss at Crystal Palace.

Owen made clear he feels a short-term change is necessary, commenting: “They are going to get smashed out the ball park playing like that. City are going to embarrass them at Wembley in front of millions of people.”

Accepting that options are extremely limited to bring in a coach at short notice, Owen believes one of Erik ten Hag’s coaching staff, Steve McClaren, could step up.

He does not believe McClaren is part of the problem, commenting that he believes the former England and Newcastle manager’s influence is being sidelined.

Owen said: “We’ve played under Steve McClaren. There’s no way his fingerprints are anywhere near that team. He is a brilliant coach and that team is not being coached at all. No way.

“There is no way on earth he has got anything to do with that team. It’s impossible. That team is absolutely clueless, right the way through it.

“Steve McClaren is a top operator and I can only think other people are coaching the first team and he’s a bystander.”

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