A united, hardworking team that plays attacking and entertaining soccer. Erik ten Hag has laid out his vision for Manchester United after being appointed as the club’s fifth manager in nine years following its worst-ever Premier League season. The existing position is clearly not ideal. In an interview broadcast Monday, Ten Hag told United’s in-house TV channel, “It’s a big challenge.”
United has resembled a dysfunctional club this season — on and off the field — and Ten Hag will front a huge rebuilding job after joining from Ajax, which he returned to the summit of Dutch soccer by adopting the attacking philosophy of the team’s most famous player, Johan Cruyff.
The day before, Ten Hag was at Selhurst Park to watch United lose 1-0 to Crystal Palace, ending their seventh consecutive season without a trophy and finishing sixth in the Premier League with 58 points, their lowest total since the league’s inception in 1992.
He wants to do the same at United in a bid to end its longest trophy drought in nearly 40 years. The club hasn’t won a title since the 2017 Europa League, it’s worst run since the early 1980s.
“I want to build and construct a team who are battling for each other, who are unified and who will get results,” he said. “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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