Ten Hag press conference highlights as Man United unveil new manager

Another new era begins at Manchester United today as Erik ten Hag is officially unveiled as their new manager.

A dismal season concluded on Sunday with defeat at Crystal Palace, their 12th defeat of the season as they recorded their worst-ever points tally of 58, but still qualified for the Europa League.

The size of the job Ten Hag walks into cannot be underestimated, and on Monday the club confirmed Mitchell van der Gaag and Steve McClaren had joined as assistant coaches.

Van der Gaag worked with Ten Hag at Ajax, while McClaren – known to United fans for being Sir Alex Ferguson’s right-hand man between 1999-2001 – hired the Dutchman in a similar role when in charge at Twente.

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United and Ten Hag are expected to be busy in the transfer market as they ship out deadwood and look to bolster their squad with a much-needed new midfield and reinforcements in defence and attack. The likes of Frenkie de Jong and Kalvin Phillips have already been linked.

Follow Ten Hag’s first United press conference live below from 12pm BST!

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Time’s up

That’s our lot from the new manager.

Thanks for following along.


On captaincy

I have to repeat, next season is a different season. He’s done a good job, he’s a great player, he’s achieved a lot and his contribution to Manchester United, so I’m looking forward to working with him.


Ronaldo impact

Ten Hag asked what Ronaldo can bring to his team.



On Rangnick

I analyse by myself, I observe around and speak with a lot of people… but I will draw my own line. Rangnick’s consultancy role? That is on the club.



Ten Hag asked how he likes his teams to play.

Maybe you have seen Ajax? I like that.

He doesn’t mince his words.


Van Gaal chats

I wonder what Louis said!

I spoke with more people who have experience at this club. I spoke with Louis vsn Gaal. I was at the premiere of his movie.”


Ten Hag not overawed

I’ve already met big coaches and big teams in the Premier League and I know how to deal with that.


Not a risk

I don’t see it as a risk. This club has a great history and now let’s make a future. I’m really excited to do that.


‘We want to win’

This is a project, it takes time … we want to win every game so we go from game to game, and then we see.


‘Getting the plan done’

The confidence is that I have a good feeling with the people around, I have a good feeling from the meetings. We have a plan and now it’s about getting the plan done.

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