We all know that Erik ten Hag has a big job on his hands at Manchester United.
As fans, we will get behind the Dutchman like we did with previous managers. Although Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s job became untenable, it still upset a lot of us to say goodbye to a true club legend, who gave his all as player and manager.
Nobody can deny that Ten Hag arrives to manage the team with a better CV, and it is impressive that he has decided to terminate his Ajax contract six-weeks early to begin work at United.
In an interview with De Telegraaf, Ten Hag admitted he was offered a job elsewhere with better foundations in place (that wouldn’t be difficult), but he is confident that the United board are on the same wavelength about how he wants to address things.
While that sounds promising, I think Ten Hag should do some research on how United have marginalised managers in the past, but I guess this summer is about ‘change’ with John Murtough supposedly steering the wheel with football matters…
“I had choices to work at a different club, with a better foundation,” Ten Hag said.
“But I chose Man United. Things have to get addressed there and that’s a challenge. The club and I are on the same wavelength about how I want to do this.”
This season got worse for United following Ralf Rangnick’s appointment as interim manager. There was no pick-up in performance after the first game against Crystal Palace.
These new gegenpressing tactics that excited United fans never flourished, but why should another manager take the blame at a club full of players that have underperformed for years?
From top to bottom, it’s all wrong at United.
We hope Ten Hag isn’t just another manager marginalised by incompetent suits.