Rio Ferdinand has told United fans to “fasten the belts and enjoy the ride” after Erik ten Hag’s appointment was confirmed.
The current Ajax boss has agreed to join United on a three-year deal with the option of a further year and will arrive at the end of the season.
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The former United defender wrote on Twitter: “As we expected.. Ten Hag is announced! Welcome to Manchester United. Time to fasten the belts and enjoy the ride!”
Speaking on FIVE’s YouTube channel previously, Ferdinand said: “He has worked with Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich and has the experience of being around big players. I think a huge part of what he has to get right at Manchester United is going to be getting it right with players.
“We’ve seen many managers with more experience and who’ve won more than Ten Hag, and with bigger reputations, that have come in and been chewed up by this football club.”
Meanwhile, former United defender Jaap Stam says it will be difficult for Ten Hag to replicate his Ajax success at Old Trafford.
The ex-Holland man told Sky Sports: “Hopefully they (United fans) can expect a lot. But there’s a big difference between the Dutch league and the Premier League. Ajax are the top team in Holland and can spend a lot of money bringing in players of certain ability.
“To do the same in the Premier League you need to spend money and bring in players to fit into his philosophy. The quality of teams against you is much higher, and it will be difficult to be as dominant in the Premier League as Ajax was in Holland.
“You are going to need time. Do you get time? That’s always the issue for the coach. People inside the club will say they back you because it is a new project, but as a coach you have to compete for trophies.”
On his appointment at Old Trafford, Ten Hag said: “It is a great honour to be appointed manager of Manchester United and I am hugely excited by the challenge ahead.
“I know the history of this great club and the passion of the fans, and I am absolutely determined to develop a team capable of delivering the success they deserve.
“It will be difficult to leave Ajax after these incredible years, and I can assure our fans of my complete commitment and focus on bringing this season to a successful conclusion before I move to Manchester United.”
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