Manchester United confirm the arrival of Erik ten Hag’s backroom staff 

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Manchester United have made it official that Mitchell van der Gaag and Steve McClaren will become the assistant coaches of Erik ten Hag

The Red Devils have already confirmed that the 52-year-old will succeed Ralf Rangnick at Old Trafford next season. The Dutchman has already started his work as the United boss soon after his Eredivisie triumph with Ajax Amsterdam. 

The United boss held a meeting with the football director John Murtough earlier about the club’s structure and the potential summer business. Meanwhile, Ten Hag landed in the UK last week and attended the 20 times English champions’ last game of the season at Selhurst Park on Sunday. 

Mitchell van der Gaag and Steve McClaren will be assisting the 52-year-old in this daunting task of taking the Red Devils back to the summit. Van der Gaag worked with Ten Hag at Ajax from 2019, while McClaren will be joining the United’s coaching group in his second spell. 

The Yorkshire man was part of Sir Alex Ferguson’s coaching team that won the treble in 1999. He left the club in 2001 and has enjoyed plenty of success as a coach before rejoining Manchester United. 

Erik ten Hag and McClaren met each other at FC Twente where the Dutchman worked as an assistant to the English boss. 

Our View:

After appointing the manager, allowing him to bring his preferred tools is one of the most important things. The club didn’t allow Ralf Rangnick to bring his preferred backroom staff and as a consequence of that, the German boss could not implement his philosophy in the squad. 

However, the 63-year-old was appointed on an interim basis and the club was always looking to bring a new permanent manager in the summer. Meanwhile, Following the appointment of Erik ten Hag and assembling his coaching staff, the club’s hierarchy will have to act quickly in the transfer market. 

The Dutchman has reportedly asked the United players to return from holiday early this summer. And signing the transfer targets quickly will help the 52-year-old boss to work on his system in the pre-season. 

Manchester United have endured yet another defeat on the final day. However, thanks to Brighton’s victory against West Ham United, the Red Devils finished the season sixth and qualified for the Europa League next season. 

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