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Erik ten Hag was backed to bring Manchester United back to the Champions League in his first season at Old Trafford. The 52-year-old arrived in the North West at the end of last season after Red Devils chiefs appointed him as their new boss earlier this year.

United endured a miserable campaign last time out as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick both struggled to solve the Red Devils’ problems. And the team eventually finished sixth in the Premier League after failing in the later stages of the Champions League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup.

Ten Hag faces a battle to restore United to their former glory. But Express Sport readers believe he will at least help his team improve last season after we asked their opinion in a poll.

More than half of the 38,809 football fans who voted expect big things from Ten Hag, with 15.2% calling for United to fight for the title and 46.3% believing that the team will finish in the top four.

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Since Fergie stepped down, United have only secured the Premier League top four four times, as they have missed out on Champions League qualification on five occasions. And Ten Hag knows he has to bring his team back to the Champions League for the first time by demanding that his first season at the club be considered a success.

“First of all, Man United belong to the Champions League, so that will be the first goal,” Ten Hag said in his first interview after joining Old Trafford. “I am happy to be here and I will do my best and I hope and expect that I can make them proud again, that we put Man United back where they belong. I will do my best and I will make the decisions necessary to get there.

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