ERIK TEN HAG got a first look at the size of his Man Utd task on Sunday afternoon at Crystal Palace.
Erik ten Hag looked bemused as Man Utd conceded against Crystal PalaceCredit: Premier League
Ten Hag watched Man Utd in action for the first time against Crystal PalaceCredit: AFP
Ten Hag has only just completed the Dutch season with Ajax, scooping yet another league title.
But he has got straight to work in England and ran his eye over United’s squad on the final day of the Premier League campaign.
Ten Hag looked cool and composed as he arrived at the stadium in south-east London.
But he cut a frustrated figure and bared his teeth when Man Utd fell behind to a goal from Wilfried Zaha.
Joining the inbound United gaffer was ex-England boss Steve McClaren.
He is expected to be confirmed as one of Ten Hag’s assistant bosses, having previously held the position at United under Sir Alex Ferguson.
And there will be plenty for both men to take in as the Red Devils draw a line under a disappointing season.
Ten Hag is expected to ring the changes in a major squad shake-up this summer.
And outbound boss Ralf Rangnick is confident his successor can get United fighting for titles again by implementing a new style of play.
He said: “If you saw the way that Erik’s Ajax team play or his Under 23s team at Bayern Munich, it’s pretty obvious how he wants to play and clear what kind of players he needs.
“There will be changes. I think it’s obvious to everybody, the owners and every supporter, we need to increase and raise the level of quality within the squad.”
Rangnick freely admits his own high-pressing tactics failed to take off at Old Trafford.
But the German has refused to blame the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, who found it hard to adapt to a new style mid-season.
Rangnick said: “We never came near to that aggressive, pro-active football I’d normally want to do.
“It has to do with physicality if you want to play like that. I should have done better and developed this team in a more sustainable way.
“I am not blaming Cristiano at all, he did great in games, but he is not a pressing monster.
“Even when he was young, he wasn’t shouting, ‘The other team has the ball, where can we win balls?’.
‘It was the same with quite a few other players so we had to make compromises at one stage.
“We never found the right balance between what do we need with the ball and without the ball.”
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