‘I have very good players here’; Ten Hag not ruling out Ajax raid to boost Man Utd

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Erik ten Hag new Manchester United manager Credit: PA Images
Erik ten Hag new Manchester United manager Credit: PA Images

Incoming Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag admits there is nothing preventing him bringing any of his Ajax players to the club this summer.

The 52-year-old will step into the Old Trafford hotseat when interim boss Ralf Rangnick moves aside at the end of the campaign. The experiment of bringing in a temporary manager failed to reap the rewards. And, after nine years of struggling to find a successor to Alex Ferguson, hopes are now pinned on Ten Hag.

There is excitement among the Red Devils fans after his success with the Amsterdam outfit. But all at the Theatre of Dreams know there is no easy fix.

A squad revamp is likely, with several high-profile players tipped to depart. And there will be new faces at the club before the start of 2022-2023.

There are several areas of the pitch that need addressing. Ten Hag will have his own ideas about recruitment.

He has been tipped to raid his current club. Antony, Sebastien Haller and Jurrien Timber have all been linked with a switch to the north-west giants.

And, while giving little away about the personnel involved, the former Utrecht chief confessed he is within his rights to sign Ajax players.

“There is no agreement in place that would exclude me from taking players to Manchester United,” he said in an interview with WeTalkAjax.

“Which Ajax players are interesting? I have very good players here, but that’s a non-issue.”

Ten Hag focus remains in Netherlands

Ten Hag is about to take a leap into the unknown, with the Manchester United job by far the biggest of his managerial career. Much will be expected of the former centre-back, who has moulded a talented young side at Ajax.

He will hold talks with Rangnick prior to taking the reins as he plots a way back to the big time for United. Ten Hag has already bagged two Eredivisie titles with his present employers.

He would love to arrive in Manchester having secured a hat-trick. And the ex-Go Ahead Eagles manager has made it clear his gaze has not left the Johan Cruyff Arena.

“We now have to become champions and everything should be focused on that,” he added.

Ivory Coast and Ajax striker Sebastien Haller during the international friendly matchagainst England at Wembley Stadium, London Credit: PA Images
Ivory Coast and Ajax striker Sebastien Haller during the international friendly matchagainst England at Wembley Stadium, London Credit: PA Images

Ten Hag will have knowledge of his Ajax players and what they might bring to United. But other names are also being linked and may be better suited to the task awaiting the new boss.

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