Ten Hag insists Man Utd ‘process’ will ‘take time’ as he sets pre-season start date

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Erik ten Hag in the stands during a match Credit: PA Images
Erik ten Hag in the stands during a match Credit: PA Images

Erik ten Hag says he is looking forward to bringing Manchester United back “where it belongs” following a torrid 2021/22 campaign.

The Dutchman will be unveiled to the press at midday on Monday following his appointment as Red Devils manager.

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Speaking to the club’s media team before his press conference, Ten Hag has said that his first job is to get the fans back on board as he does not downplay the “big challenge” he has at Old Trafford.

“I would say the word ‘exciting’,” the former Ajax manager said about this chapter of his career.

“I really look forward to doing this job, at this club with massive history, and we want to restore it where it belongs.”

Ten Hag added: “First of all, we want to make the fans proud.

“Second, of course we are in this moment, the current situation is obviously not that good. It’s a big challenge.

“I want to build and construct a team who are battling for each other, who are unified and who will get results. 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.”

Ten Hag confirmed pre-season will begin on June 27 as the Dutchman looks to shape United’s squad in his image.

“(We must) accept the current situation but also know one year ago, this club, this team was second in the Premier League,” he said.

“There’s potential and now it’s up to us to get that out.

“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.”

He added: “In certain positions we want to renew the squad, but, as I said, one year ago, this squad was second in the league, so there is potential and I’m really looking forward to co-operating with the squad.”

On Monday morning it was confirmed that Steve McClaren and Mitchell van der Gaag will join United as Ten Hag’s assistant managers.

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