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Sheringham slams ‘disgusting’ Man Utd downturn and names biggest question that needs answer

Teddy Sheringham, Man Utd v Bayern Munich legends match

Teddy Sheringham has launched a withering attack on Manchester United’s hierarchy, warning incoming manager Erik ten Hag that he faces a huge task to turn the club around.

Speaking exclusively to TEAMtalk, United’s 1999 Treble-winning hero didn’t hold back in his assessment.

He labelled this season “disgusting” for the fallen giant amid defeat at Crystal Palace to end the campaign. That was their 12th loss of the season which helped mark the worst Premier League campaign on record for the Red Devils.

What’s more, their Champions League qualification hopes came to an end long before the season did.

That key failure came partly as a result of Ralf Rangnick being unable to inspire his players. The interim boss was in charge following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking in November. However, abject performances were a feature of both coaches’ time at Old Trafford this season.

Sheringham subsequently admitted that he feels stunned by the lack of leadership at all levels at Man Utd this season.

And he warned that the misery will continue unless there are huge structural changes at the highest levels. He also urged the truth to emerge over who made the key decisions at the club this season.

“I sum it up by saying it has been absolute chaos from the top down,” the pundit told TEAMtalk at a bookmakers.com event.

“At the start of the season, Ole obviously fell out of favour and lost his job, but what happened after that was hard for most of us to understand.

“Tthe club didn’t have any real plan of what to do after that. They put Michael Carrick in for a couple of weeks and then he left.

“Then they got another interim manager in for a the rest of the season in Rangnick and that didn’t work.

“Who is making these decisions and getting so many of them wrong? That’s the question I would ask.”

Sheringham tears into Man Utd

Man Utd quintet Luke Shaw, Jadon Sancho, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Eric Bailly and David de Gea

Sheringham added that he “doesn’t understand” how – as it looks from his perspective – United “decided to write off this season” before “trying again” in August.

“The fans are going mad,” he added. “It might look like United’s decision makers and their players didn’t care about this season, but the supporters won’t see it like that.

“The way they have just allowed it to drift for the last few months has been disgusting. This is Manchester United, one of the biggest clubs in the world and the owners and players effectively said they were chucking this season.

“That’s not acceptable for the millions of fans around the world who expect so much more.”

Man Utd hoping for reset

The inquest into how United’s season has already begun. Reports have talked of Edinson Cavani’s role in proceedings last summer.

However, the Red Devils just have to continue to look forward.

Former Ajax boss Ten Hag is ushering in an exciting new era for United which the club hope they will finally get right.

The 52-year-old Dutchman has big ideas and United have to back him with time and money if he is to succeed.

Surely the only way is up for Man Utd after their worst Premier League season on record.