Erik ten Hag is only a few weeks away from his job as Manchester United manager, but the Dutchman has already impressed with his brief media appearances so far.
Ten Hag signed a three-year contract earlier this year and has been tasked with rebuilding United after nine disastrous years since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.
The former Ajax boss is considered one of the most progressive managers in Europe and his appointment signals a change in strategy from the United hierarchy, who have generally preferred the big names in the past .
Ten Hag spoke at his first press conference the day after United’s final game of the season and since then his squad has already shrunk considerably.
The departure of six first-team players is already confirmed and there are question marks over several more, with wholesale changes expected to be made to United’s bloated squad.
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At Old Trafford, Ten Hag made a point of shaking everyone’s hand when he was introduced to staff on Monday morning. That positive first impression appears to have spread elsewhere, with reports now suggesting he has already made an impact at the club’s training ground in Carrington.
That’s according to Goal, who say Ten Hag’s appointment has sent a ‘rush of electricity’ through the club. Additionally, it is believed that he has been dubbed the “New Sheriff” since taking office.
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If it wasn’t very clear before, United are desperate for a sheriff to set the record straight at the club, with the current group of players undermining their predecessor’s temporary stay.
United have one of their busiest transfer windows ahead of them and Ten Hag, who has already targeted two of his former Ajax players in Jurrien Timber and Frenkie de Jong, is hoping to overhaul the squad as much as possible.
It is essential to boost morale at Old Trafford and Carrington. Morale has been low for a long time but the arrival of the 53-year-old could finally breathe some life into the club.