Erik ten Hag has decided who he wants as his assistant manager at Man Utd while he has decided his preference for a new striker, according to reports.
Widespread reports yesterday indicated that Ten Hag had accepted an offer from the Red Devils to become the new permanent boss at Old Trafford at the end of the season.
Ralf Rangnick, who is struggling to lead Man Utd out of their current dip in form, will step down as interim manager once the campaign is over and move into a consultancy role.
It is expected Ten Hag will want to reshape the backroom staff at his disposal with a new assistant manager top of his priorities.
And The Athletic claims that Ten Hag ‘wants to bring Mitchell van der Gaag with him from Ajax’ as his No.2 when he eventually joins Man Utd.
Former Red Devils assistant manager Steve McClaren ‘has spoken to Ten Hag about United’ but the report adds that ‘there is not thought to have been any contact from the club about a role as of yet’.
With rumours that Cristiano Ronaldo could leave the club in the summer transfer window, The Athletic (via the Daily Express) insists that Ten Hag also wants to bring a ‘dynamic’ striker into the club.
Meanwhile, Rio Ferdinand thinks Ten Hag needs to be allowed to build a “culture” at Man Utd for him to take the club back to the top of English football.
Ferdinand said on BT Sport: “Obsession, that’s the type of word Sir Alex Ferguson would put into the players’ heads.
“Listen, I think Ten Hag, if he’s the guy that comes in and the rumours are that he might be, I don’t think there’s any candidate out there that’s been talked about that you think ‘he’s the guy, he’ll give us a great opportunity at challenging.’
“I think he’ll need support and the framework around him, in terms of recruitment and strategy, then he needs to provide the foundations for the framework around the team and the culture.
“You look at Sir Alex Ferguson there and what he did, he built a culture over many years and had plenty of support in that time.
“But, he built a culture, [and] managers nowadays have to do that much quicker.
“You see with Pep [Guardiola] and Jurgen Klopp they can build a culture and implement that, but this manager will need that time and have to show the signs early on to get that.”
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