Richard Keys claims Man Utd "dropped an almighty b******" with Ten Hag hire

Richard Keys has accused Manchester United of "dropping an almighty b******" by appointing Erik ten Hag over Antonio Conte.

Fresh from guiding Ajax to the Eredivisie title, the new Reds Devils manager has left his Amsterdam post early in order to head to Manchester on Monday and begin work with the struggling squad he is set to inherit. United ended their lengthy pursuit for a new permanent manager last month after confirming the 52-year-old will arrive on a three-year deal.

The Dutchman will replace current interim Ralf Rangnick who himself replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following his sacking last November. At the time, United were understood to be contemplating hiring Conte, however opted against the Italian, who would then go on to join Tottenham. And it's fair to say Keys believes United made an almighty error of judgement.

The BeIN Sports presenter, who brutally referred to United's incoming manager as 'Erik Ten Months' recently, once again took aim at the Red Devils over their decision to snub Conte, who has since overseen a Spurs revival, with the North Londoners in with a fighting chance of finishing in a Champions League spot this season.

In the latest instalment of his self-titled blog, the former Sky Sports host blasted: "Oh. Anyone at Old Trafford yet realised that they dropped an almighty b****** by not appointing Conte?"

The scathing outburst was the only reference to United within this week's column and came after Keys slated the penalty decision which proved to be decisive in Tottenham's 1-0 win over Burnley on Sunday. Despite Conte's having overseen vast improvements at Spurs, it remains to be seen how long he will remain at the helm amid continued speculation that he may already be looking to move on.

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Following officially confirmation that Ten Hag had been appointed at United, Keys wished the Dutchman well but questioned why the club plumped for him over the more experienced options of Conte and Mauricio Pochettino. Keys wrote: "What was the rush to appoint him?

“Not one of the other big clubs in Europe was chasing him. Not one. So why did United dive in headlong now? As I write Poch, looks as though he’ll be on the market.

"I still don’t believe Conte is in for the long haul at Spurs. There are so many other options. But it’s done.”

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