Erik ten Hag has been getting himself acclimatised to life at Manchester United.
The Dutchman was unveiled as the new United boss on Monday and visited Old Trafford for the first time, meeting several supporters who were at the stadium for a tour. Ten Hag took plenty of selfies with the fans but it’s with the club’s staff that he made a great first impression.
He made a point of introducing himself to every staff member he met while walking the corridors of Old Trafford and after his press conference he spent 20 minutes in the staff canteen, chatting to employees and posing for pictures.
The openness of Ten Hag’s first day in the building is said to have encouraged staff. He also visited the club’s megastore and met staff working in the shop and supporters on the forecourt.
United’s new manager is currently staying in a hotel in Manchester and is due to jet off on holiday later this week, but he plans to spend another couple of days at Carrington and is using his time in the north west this week to try and find somewhere to live.
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Erik ten Hag clearly knows the scale of the task he has chosen to take on. Instead of sunning himself in the Caribbean this past week celebrating a well-won Eredivisie title, he has thrown himself headfirst into his new job to get plans in motion as quickly as possible. On Sunday, he was at Selhurst Park to witness in the flesh United sealing their worst ever Premier League campaign with a fitting defeat, finishing the campaign on an embarrassing tally of just 58 points.
The job will be incredibly difficult and if Ten Hag is going to achieve any success in his first season then it will hinge upon what the club does this summer. Will the players take to a new coach’s ideas and instructions or will they once again pull a hissy fit and blame everyone else but themselves? Will Cristiano Ronaldo stay? Will the captaincy dilemma be solved without any bruised egos? Most importantly, will United invest strongly and wisely in the transfer market?
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