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Erik ten Hag Speaks of Challenge Taking United Job

Manchester United’s new head coach Erik ten Hag has come out to say he is not risking his managerial reputation by taking the Manchester United job. The 52-year-old Dutchman is United’s fifth permanent boss since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013. He said: “I don’t see it as a risk.” “I think this club has a great history, and now let’s make a future.” Ten Hag also suggested Cristiano Ronaldo would not be leaving, adding he expected there to be goals from Portugal forward next season.

McClaren and van der Gaag named Man Utd assistant coaches. The former Ajax boss was speaking to reporters at his official unveiling as United manager 24 hours after watching his new club lose 1-0 at Crystal Palace on the final day of the season. Their points tally of 58, though good enough to secure sixth and a place in the Europa League, is their poorest return since 1989-1990 and comes just a year after they finished second behind Manchester City.

Erik Ten Hag Speaks Of Challenge Taking United Job
Erik Ten Hag

Erik Ten Hag did not say how many players he felt the club needed to bring in over the summer, instead, he said that he was still “in the process of analyzing” his squad. He also said: “The plan is huge and we only have a short time.” “I’m looking forward to working with these players. The season before, this squad was second in the league, so there is huge potential. I think if we improve if we work with them, I think we can get out more than what was the result from this season.”

Erik Ten Hag also did not guarantee Harry Maguire’s position as the team’s captain. He said next season is a different season but he did a great job. “He’s a great player he achieved already a lot so I’m looking forward to working with him.” He was asked if Ronaldo, who finished as United’s top scorer with 24 goals, was part of his plans, and he replied “of course.”

Erik ten Hag is Hopeful he can Compete with Klopp and Pep

It is now nine years since Manchester United last lifted the Premier League, with the title race now dominated by Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, who have won the last five titles between them.

Erik ten Hag, though, is hopeful he can break their stranglehold on the trophy. He said: “At this moment I admire them both,” he said. “They play fantastic football but you will always see an era can come to an end. “I look forward to a battle with them and I’m sure other clubs will want to do that.”

Pep Guardiola And Jurgen Klopp

The Dutchman also revealed he sought the advice of compatriot and former Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal, who had previously suggested Ten Hag should consider his options carefully before accepting the job. “I have heard [Van Gaal’s comments] but I will draw my line. I’m convinced it won’t be the case,” he said.

“I spoke with the directors about it. Football is one, two, and three at this club and every club these days is commercial. Every club needs it, needs the revenues to be at the top, to do it is necessary but football is one, two, three at this club.”

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