Erik ten Hag press conference highlights: Manchester United manager on Ronaldo, Maguire, Rangnick and more

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Erik ten Hag press conference highlights: Manchester United manager on Ronaldo, Maguire, Rangnick and more
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Erik ten Hag press conference LIVE!

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!

Highlights and latest news

  • Warning to players

  • Ten Hag calls for patience

  • On Ronaldo

  • On Maguire

  • On Rangnick

Time’s up

12:25 , Alex Young

That’s our lot from the new manager.

Thanks for following along.

On captaincy

12:23 , Alex Young

I have to repeat, next season is a different season. He’s done a good job, he’s a great player, he’s achieved a lot and his contribution to Manchester United, so I’m looking forward to working with him.

Ronaldo impact

12:22 , Alex Young

Ten Hag asked what Ronaldo can bring to his team.



On Rangnick

12:21 , Alex Young

I analyse by myself, I observe around and speak with a lot of people... but I will draw my own line. Rangnick’s consultancy role? That is on the club.


12:21 , Alex Young

Ten Hag asked how he likes his teams to play.

Maybe you have seen Ajax? I like that.

He doesn’t mince his words.

Van Gaal chats

12:14 , Alex Young

I wonder what Louis said!

I spoke with more people who have experience at this club. I spoke with Louis vsn Gaal. I was at the premiere of his movie.”

Ten Hag not overawed

12:13 , Alex Young

I’ve already met big coaches and big teams in the Premier League and I know how to deal with that.

Not a risk

12:12 , Alex Young

I don’t see it as a risk. This club has a great history and now let’s make a future. I’m really excited to do that.

‘We want to win’

12:11 , Alex Young

This is a project, it takes time ... we want to win every game so we go from game to game, and then we see.

‘Getting the plan done'

12:06 , Alex Young

The confidence is that I have a good feeling with the people around, I have a good feeling from the meetings. We have a plan and now it’s about getting the plan done.

12:04 , Alex Young

He’s shaked hands with journalists and is ready.

Excited to be here. Looking forward to working at the club. Today I feel welcome. It is my home. I want to achieve success.

Ten Hag has arrived

12:02 , Alex Young

Here he is!

Almost show time

11:56 , Alex Young

Ten Hag speaking to the media in a matter of minutes.

‘Attack, attack, attack'

11:38 , Alex Young

Also from his pre-press conference interview, Erik ten Hag has vowed to play attacking football to get United back to competing for major titles.

He said: “We don’t have to go over my football. It’s about the Man United football and about the Man United identity and philosophy.

“It has to be about attacking football. We have to bring structures in the way of playing, so we can play attacking football.”

Waffles and beers

11:33 , Alex Young

Erik ten Hag influence already being felt.

Pre-season start date

11:26 , Alex Young

Erik ten Hag will welcome his players back to Carrington on Monday, June 27 for the start of pre-season.

His squad won’t have much time before the June round of international fixtures, across the Jubilee weekend and into the following week, but will then have two weeks of down time before Ten Hag gets to make his mark.

Ten Hag calls for patience

11:21 , Alex Young

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.”

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Ten Hag sends warning to players

11:19 , Alex Young

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."

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How to watch

11:09 , Alex Young

You will be able to watch Ten Hag on 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.


10:54 , Alex Young

Good morning and welcome to the Evening Standard’s LIVE coverage of Erik ten Hag’s first press conference as Manchester United manager.

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