Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has jumped to the defence of Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag after recent criticism from Dwight Yorke.
The Dutchman has made a good impression at United during his first season in charge having won the Carabao Cup earlier in the year.
Despite his success so far, club legend Yorke believes he should be ‘called out’ for his nine Premier League defeats this term.
The former striker points out that number is more than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suffered in his only full season in charge.
However, Parlour believes more patience is needed with Ten Hag as United set their sights on challenging for titles once again.
Speaking on talkSPORT Breakfast, the Arsenal legend said: “It takes time, doesn’t it, to build and try and challenge again.
“This transfer window when it opens in the summer is going to be interesting to see who goes where. They’re crying out for a striker, so they’re going to have to pay big money for a striker I should imagine.
“But, I don’t agree with that. He’s won a trophy, look it’s not an ideal trophy to win but it’s still a trophy.
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“I think top four will be vital for United, and I think they still will get top four if I’m being honest. I think the run-in they’ve got is not as difficult as some of the other teams.”
United’s Carabao Cup success under Ten Hag, a 2-0 win against Newcastle in February, was their first trophy since 2017.
He has also led them to this season’s FA Cup final, where they will face rivals Manchester City in June.
However, their Europa League campaign ended earlier than many had expected as they they were knocked out by Sevilla in the quarter-finals.
A top four finish in the Premier League is still on the cards though as they sit 4th and one point ahead of Liverpool with a game in hand.
Wolves are their upcoming test on Saturday before they make the trip to Bournemouth next week.
United will then welcome the visit of Chelsea and then face Fulham on the final day of the season before the FA Cup final six days later.