Man Utd: Erik ten Hag could shake up Old Trafford dressing room

Ajax Amsterdam coach Erik ten Hag

Those who have worked with Erik ten Hag do not think he will have a problem with the Manchester United dressing room, says journalist Dean Jones.

The Ajax manager will take over from Ralf Rangnick at a time where United players have been heavily criticised for downing tools.

What is the latest news involving Ten Hag?

Earlier this week, The Guardian reported that United were set to confirm Ten Hag as their new permanent manager, and that has now been announced.

The report stated that the terms of the Dutchman’s €2m (£1.6m) release clause still had to be finalised before an official announcement could be made.

Ten Hag is set to walk into a United dressing room that continues to be condemned for its treatment towards managers.

Speaking on Sky Sports (via Manchester Evening News) during United’s humiliating 4-0 loss to Liverpool, club legend Gary Neville said: “These Manchester United players want the season over so they can hide behind the new manager and blame the old. An excuses culture permeating the whole club.”

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What has Jones said about Ten Hag and United?

Jones says there is a confidence that Ten Hag will be able to handle United’s big-name players, though he thinks doubts will remain until the 52-year-old actually enters the dressing room.

Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, the insider said: “It’s tough [guessing if Ten Hag can manage big names], isn’t it? We don’t know until he gets into that situation.

“But from everyone that’s worked with him, they don’t seem to think that he’s going to have any problem winning over the dressing room and showing everybody who’s boss.”

Is Ten Hag the right man for United?

All things considered, Mauricio Pochettino would have probably been the safer option. He has already managed some huge players like Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, while the PSG manager is obviously no stranger to English football.

Ten Hag’s philosophy, which is based on possession and pressing high, also looks like something that will need time to be implemented. Will the former Utrecht manager get that at Old Trafford? Possibly not.

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United have made their choice, though, and it will now be interesting to see if Ten Hag can successfully go up against the likes of Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel in English football’s top flight.

A title challenge may come too soon next season but, given their resources, Ten Hag should be guiding the Red Devils to a top-four finish without any trouble.

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