“I take my hat off to him” – Andrew Cole hails Erik ten Hag’s work at Manchester United

Former Manchester United striker Andrew Cole has been impressed by Erik ten Hag this season.

The Dutchman became Manchester United manager last summer after a successful stint in charge at Ajax, where he won three Eredivisie titles and led them to a Champions League semi-final.

At United, Erik ten Hag was tasked with qualifying for the Champions League in his first season. That will be secured if we can win two of our remaining three matches in the Premier League, however, he could also end the season with the cup double which would be some feat.

We caught up with former United striker Andrew Cole to get his thoughts on Ten Hag’s first season.

“I think he has done extremely well,” Cole told Stretty News.

“He has won a cup in his first season and finds himself in with a chance of winning the FA Cup as well. Not to forget how we’re fighting to finish in the top four, which was the most important thing at the start of the season.

“To have done what he has done this season, I think it’s been brilliant. His budget was limited as well, so I take my hat off to him.”

When asked about the biggest improvement he has seen since Ten Hag was made manager, Cole alluded to how we play as a team again – something that was missing last season.

He added: “It’s a team. They now play as a team. Of course we’ve got individuals – like any team – but I think Ten Hag wants a team ethic. If you look at them now, considering last year or possibly the season before, I think there was more individuals playing as individuals. Ten Hag now has them buying into playing as a team. That’s what Manchester United is all about.”

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