Erik ten Hag has been backed by Ronald de Boer to handle the pressures of running a club the size of Manchester United with big names such as Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ten Hag was announced as the Red Devils’ next permanent manager on Thursday, with an agreement reached with Ajax to take over from caretaker boss Ralf Rangnick at the end of the season.
The Dutchman will have a momentous task ahead of him in trying to return United to the top of the Premier League and European football.
The 52-year-old’s experience has come with Go Ahead Eagles, Bayern Munich II, Utrecht and Ajax, where he has won two league titles since 2017.
When asked what the reaction was in the Netherlands, Dutch legend Ronald de Boer told talkSPORT: “Everyone was already expecting it. The rumors were there and when the rumors are there most of the time. time, it’s true.
“In Holland [the view is], is it the right time to go to Manchester United? It looks like you are jumping on a sinking ship.
“In a way you’re thinking ‘is this the right time’ and in another way you’re thinking about waiting two years.
“You know how it is in football. You always think about the future and the train passes once and you have to get off because you think you might not get another chance.
“That’s the choice he had to make. Manchester United are an incredibly big club.
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“I think he’s a great manager. Of course, he doesn’t have the experience of the Premier League or a club the magnitude of Manchester United with players like Ronaldo.
“He’s a pretty down to earth guy and he can handle that.”
United fans will be eager to find out what kind of manager Ten Hag will be and what he will bring to the job.
He worked under Guardiola at Bayern Munich and De Boer says he is very much in that mould.
He added: “He will want to control everything, from the training ground to everything around the club.
“He is very involved in everything. What Guardiola also does with City, we normally say in England a manager and look from above and not really on the pitch, but he is going to be on the pitch like Guardiola. He really is like a coach.
“He will want to impose his style and his ideas on the pitch.”
When asked if he would bring Ajax’s style of play, De Boer added: “I think you always have to look at the team you’re in and what kind of players, we call that weapons. , you have.
“If you have two great strikers, you play with them if they combine well, or two great wingers, then you play with wingers.
“For me, that’s the most important thing. Intensity is having high pressure on the ball and putting pressure on the last line of defense and from there creating chances.
“It will be attacking for sure, because that’s what he learned as a second manager at Bayern Munich and with Ajax.
“I don’t think he’s going to change suddenly with five at the back.”
Ten Hag’s focus will remain on the task at hand for Ajax, however, as they sit four points clear of his side at the top of the Eredivisie with five games to go.
De Boer said: “I think it happened maybe a few months ago already. When he’s lying in bed he probably thinks about it [Man United changed].
“There’s a lot on his head because he’ll want to leave Ajax with a trophy and that’s the most important thing because he lost the cup last Sunday to PSV.
“PSV is also their big rival for the title. He will be focused.
“It is difficult to say who will stay and who will leave. You imagine it will change like eight people.
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