Eric Ten Hag (52) has stated that he made clear demands before taking the Manchester United job and warns the stars who have come under heavy criticism.
No one will get any kind of special treatment, we have to believe Ten Hag in the first interview after his announcement as the new Manchester United manager.
To the Dutch newspaper Faith The Dutchman talks about the demands he’s made for the big English club and how he wants to deal with the stars and his winning mentality.
Before Ten Hag took charge of Ajax in 2017, the big club had not won the league for three seasons. Now the capital club is heading towards a third title in a row under the 52-year-old.
At Manchester United, the drought was even worse. The Red Devils have not won the Premier League since 2013, then under Sir Alex Ferguson. Is Ten Hag the man who can get the club back on the right track?
I made Ajax play the Ajax way. Always with the intention of playing good, entertaining and beautiful football. Now there is a winning mentality in the club. Was Ajax missing before I came? Yes, I mean it, he answers his question.
The star factor at United also became the subject of the interview and one of the questions was whether he could handle superstars – like Ronaldo.
– I think so. I will be myself and not change my vision. I don’t want to change my view of “training”. I want to tell them what their tasks are, and those who do not meet the requirements will hear it from me. “No matter who I am, I’m no exception,” says Ten Hag, who will take over at United this summer.
Pep Guardiola, Dutch football profiles and his players are some of those who have praised the qualities of Ten Hag. The Dutchman worked with Guardiola when he was in charge of Bayern’s reserve team from 2013 to 2015.
Ajax’s success made him one of the most sought-after coaches in Europe and many clubs wanted his services.
So, he didn’t blindly say yes to a united post.
– I made demands. If the club doesn’t meet them, I won’t do the job. I am in charge, who will judge by the results.
– I don’t want to become a judge, we’ll work together, but it was necessary to have a voice with which to buy players, says Ten Hag.
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