Erik ten Hag‘s arrival at Old Trafford will bring changes to Manchester United, who failed to clinch Champions League qualification for next season.
The Dutch coach has reportedly sent an email to his players in his bid to make clear that he will not tolerate egos in the dressing room.
According to The Sun, Ten Hag explained in the email that no one is more important than the team.
“The new gaffer sent the first-team players an email, telling them that football is a team game and no individual is more important than any other,” a source told The Sun.
Ten Hag also stressed that his players should follow certain rules on and off the pitch, taking care of themselves and having balanced private lives.
“He’s going to be a bit like Sir Alex Ferguson was,” the source added.
“Fergie knew absolutely everything about his players and didn’t suffer any fools gladly. Neither will Ten Hag.”
Learning from Pep
Ten Hag is one of Pep Guardiola‘s disciples, having worked in Bayern Munich‘s academy and collaborated with the Catalan coach in the past.
“I learned a lot from [Guardiola],” he said in an interview with Sport Bild.
“His philosophy is sensational and that’s what I’m trying to implement at Ajax.
“I have never regretted it. Working at such a big club with such influential personalities as Guardiola or Matthias Sammer was like winning the lottery.”
Ten Hag is taking care of every small detail. According to The Sun, one of his requests after signing a contract with the Red Devils was that the club appoint a new chef, as the Dutchman gives huge importance to the players nutrition.
Manchester United have already announced that Edinson Cavani, Lee Grant, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba will depart Old Trafford along with five academy players.
Ten Hag will try to change the dynamics at Manchester United, who failed to live up to expectations last season. Meanwhile, their star Cristiano Ronaldo is in favour or Ten Hag‘s appointment.
“I know he did a fantastic job for Ajax and that’s he an experienced coach,” he told the club’s media.
“But we need to give him time you know, and things need to change the way he wants.”