Manchester United icon Sir Alex Ferguson has been inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame.
Erik ten Hag says he can feel the legacy Sir Alex Ferguson left behind at Old Trafford every day.
Ferguson joins old rival Arsene Wenger as the first two managers to enter the Premier League Hall of Fame, with the duo making the grade after creating a remarkable legacy at their clubs.
While Wenger won three Premier League titles at Arsenal, Fergie won 13 Premier League titles during his 26-years at United.
Speaking about the presence Ferguson still has around the club, Ten Hag said (via Manchester Evening News): “You feel it every day because he left a legacy and Manchester United is Alex Ferguson. He set the highest standards, the highest values and brought the winning attitude.
“He built that in the club… and that is the standard that you must face if you want to play for Manchester United or work for Manchester United.”
Ten Hag went on to talk about Ferguson as the best manager English football has seen.
He added: “First of all, he knew when to rebuild and reconstruct a new team because he did it over two decades and every time he was successful. He did it with a balance of homegrown players and bringing big stars in.
“He got the best out of it, like working with Eric Cantona, working with Wayne Rooney. That is huge if you are able to handle those personalities, but also to let them play as a team.
“That was always one of his most important qualities – that the team is always above any individual. It’s difficult to construct one winning team… he did it so many times over 26 years!”
The Hall of Fame recognises and celebrates individuals who have an exceptional record of success and have made a significant contribution to the Premier League since its inception in 1992. It’s something Erik ten Hag will want to achieve but he knows that will take years of hard work and success.
Ten Hag needs to win a Premier League title first and I hope United can challenge on the front next season. This year, the Dutchman’s first in charge, has always been about winning a trophy and finishing in the top four. He’s achieved half of that already and is on course to take United back to Champions League football.
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