David de Gea makes brutally honest prediction on Manchester United rebuilding under Erik ten Hag

David de Gea has admitted that it will take Manchester United a few years to challenge for the Premier League title.

United equaled their longest trophy drought in 40 years this season and recorded their lowest ever points tally in a Premier League season. Erik ten Hag has joined the club on a three-year contract and the job at United will be the biggest challenge of his career.

Ten Hag was at Selhurst Park alongside director of football John Murough as United lost 1-0 to Crystal Palace on Sunday. United failed to bother Palace throughout the game, but they still qualified for the Europa League, despite the loss.

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United last won a trophy in 2017 and that triumph came in the Europa League under Jose Mourinho in Stockholm.

After United’s loss to Palace, De Gea was asked about the scale of the task ahead of Ten Hag, who will be revealed on Monday afternoon, and he admitted it could be a few years before United are in contention at top honors again.

“I’m honest, it’s a big job for him,” De Gea told MUTV. “But he has already shown with Ajax, he plays very well, attacking football, so that’s what we need.

“Hopefully with new players, with the new manager and his staff, new energy, those who remain can fight together, to improve the team, to put the club as high as possible.

“I feel sad [for the fans]. It’s amazing, they stay to support the team, a big thank you to them. Those who come to Old Trafford, those who come to away games, I know it’s not easy, but they’ve been amazing, so thank you very much.

“I am proud [personal performances]. I played every minute in the Premier League. I worked hard this summer, to be honest, to show my level, to help the team and I think I did well, but it’s a team sport, so whatever I have fact.

“I think I helped the team in some games, but it wasn’t enough to get the Champions League. Let’s rest and be 100% prepared for next season. I think it will be much better , I have confidence in the new director and the new staff.”

“We can build something good, maybe not next year, but in a few years we can be a contender to win big things.”

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