Peter Schmeichel admits Man Utd are painful to watch as summer of change awaits

Peter Schmeichel admits he is baffled by Manchester United's car crash of a season but is hopeful the arrival of Erik ten Hag can be the catalyst for change at his former club.

The Red Devils hit an all-time low under Ralf Rangnick's management on Saturday afternoon with the 4-0 defeat at Brighton confirming their worst ever season in the Premier League. United can now only achieve a maximum points tally of 61 for the campaign – three behind 2013/14's lowly return under David Moyes.

"It's not nice to watch. It really is difficult to understand and put a finger on exactly what is wrong," Schmeichel told Sky Sports.

"We've been struggling since Sir Alex [Ferguson] left the club, actually since David Gill and Sir Alex at the same time, we've been spending a lot of money and we've got somewhere but we've not got far enough.

Having made steady progress under ex-boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, United were tipped with an outside shot for the title after recruiting well in the summer. The Red Devils finished second under the Norwegian's tenure last season and the arrivals of Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo were aimed to fire them to a first top-flight crown since 2013.

However, the car crash of a season has seen United miss out on Champions League qualification and a spot in the Europa League is far from guaranteed. But despite the dreary gloom surrounding Old Trafford, Schmeichel is hopeful incoming boss Ten Hag can spark a much-needed change.

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He added: "With Erik ten Hag coming in now, Richard Arnold taking over as CEO it is an opportunity for change and I think this is what we want. We want change, we want to modernise the club a bit, restructure the club.

"That is what I'm looking forward to, I'm looking ahead rather than looking at what's happening now. I have no explanation as to how it's gone, the way it's gone in the last four or five weeks.

"I find it difficult to understand what happens in the games, I look at the names and all of the players are capable and good enough but it's not happening for us in the games. I have absolutely no idea why."

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