Erik ten Hag

Jamie Redknapp believes new Manchester United coach Erik ten Hag already has a spy at the club

On Thursday, United confirmed the appointment of Erik ten Hag as their new manager until the summer of 2025. Speaking to Sky Sports, Redknapp says that the fact Ralf Rangnick will remain at Manchester United in a new capacity after working with the players for an extended period of time will help Erik ten Hag judge the lay of the land at Old Trafford.

“Football managers all have egos; they all believe they can turn this around. You look at the fanbase, the size of the club, the history. How could you say no to Manchester United? A few years ago, this would have been the dream job for him,” he said.

“Of course, it is going to be difficult. He is going to have to work really hard, he is going to have to look at the players and, in the nicest possible way, he has got a spy there already looking at the club, how it is run, the way the players conduct themselves day in, day out.

“He will have a real insight when he goes in there, which will be extremely helpful for him. Ralf Rangnick has come out and said they might need 10 new players – who knows what will happen? But he needs time and he needs patience, the fans to get right behind him.

“He has got that aura, especially with the job he has done at Ajax, and I do believe he will do a good job there, but he is going to need time.”

Ten Hag has been at Ajax since 2017 and led the team to two Eredivisie titles as well as the Champions League semifinals in 2019.

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