New Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has a major job on his hands to turn around the club’s fortunes, but one stat highlights just how hard it’s going to be.

Neighbours Manchester City wrapped up their fourth Premier League title in five years at the weekend, with the gap between both Manchester clubs continuing to widen.

City now have six Premier League titles to their name


City now have six Premier League titles to their name

And Ten Hag has been tasked with getting Man United back to the level of the likes of City


And Ten Hag has been tasked with getting Man United back to the level of the likes of City

A 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace saw United ended the campaign with just 58 points – which is their lowest total in Premier League history.

Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola’s men finished on 93 points, a whopping 35 ahead of the 13-time Premier League winners.

In fact, City have been so superior to their city rivals this season that they would have finished with more Premier League points than United even if they forfeited their last 13 matches!

The statistic is a damning one for United who have fallen well below the club’s standards this term.

They had no joy against their noisy neighbours in 2021/22, losing 2-0 at Old Trafford in November before being thrashed 4-1 in the Etihad Stadium fixture in March.

Ten Hag was in attendance for Man United’s drab display at Selhurst Park, their 12th defeat of the league season.

United were atrocious in Sunday's defeat at Crystal Palace as Ten Hag watched on

United were atrocious in their defeat at Crystal Palace as Ten hag watched on

David Moyes is fighting to turn Man United's season around

United ended the season further behind City than they were under David Moyes in 2014

The Dutchman will need the hit the ground running if he is to make any short-term progress at the club.

In his first press conference, he paid tribute to both Guardiola and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, and revealed he is looking forward to facing off against them whilst plotting a changing of the guard.

“In this moment, I admire them both,” said ten Hag.

“They play really fantastic football, both Liverpool and Man City. But you always see an era can come to an end and I’m looking forward to battling with them.

“And I am sure all the other clubs in the Premier League want to do that.”

However, the 52-year-old is optimistic for the future.

When asked if City and Liverpool’s dominance in England could come to an end, he replied: “I think, yeah.”

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