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.
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!
Ten Hag calls for patience
Erik ten Hag warned his Manchester United rebuilding job will require patience.
Ten Hag inherits a squad that has vastly underperformed this season and, speaking ahead of his unveiled at Old Trafford on Monday, said: “It’s a process, it will take time but I’m convinced we will come to that point where we get success.
“We have to work hard and it has to be based on the right philosophy and strategy.”
Ten Hag sends warning to players
Erik ten Hag has warned his players that he will not accept anything but “giving their best every day” as he looks to take the club back to the top of English football.
“I want to build and construct a team who are battling for each other, who are unified and who will get results,” Ten Hag told the club’s official website.
“Also we are playing in the Theatre of Dreams. We want to entertain. But in the end, the intention is to play fantastic football. If we can’t play fantastic football, we still have to win.”
How to watch
You will be able to watch Ten Hag on ManUtd.com and MUTV, as well as on the official United App.
But, first up, he’s already been talking to the club’s in-house media.
Good morning and welcome to the Evening Standard’s LIVE coverage of Erik ten Hag’s first press conference as Manchester United manager.