Manchester United’s new manager Erik ten Hag convinced of success despite ‘big challenge’ ahead at Old Trafford

Manchester United’s new manager Erik ten Hag convinced of success despite ‘big challenge’ ahead at Old Trafford

Manchester United’s new manager Erik ten Hag says the situation at Old Trafford is “not that good”, but is convinced he can achieve success.

Ten Hag watched from the stands on Sunday as his new side fell to a 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace to bring an end to their worst season in the Premier League era, finishing sixth only because West Ham were beaten 3-1 at Brighton.

The Dutchman, who arrived in London last week to get a head start on his plans for next season, is under no illusions about the task that awaits him and is already focused on his recruitment plans.

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Ten Hag was in the stands at Selhurst Park to watch his new side play Crystal Palace on Sunday

Speaking to MUTV, Ten Hag said: “The current situation is obviously not that good. It’s a big challenge.

“I want to build and construct a team who are battling for each other, who are unified and who will get results. Also we are playing in the Theatre of Dreams.

“We want to entertain. But in the end, the intention is to play fantastic football. If we can’t play fantastic football, we still have to win.”

Ten Hag, who confirmed pre-season would begin on June 27, added: “In certain positions we want to renew the squad, but one year ago this squad was second in the league, so there is potential and I’m really looking forward to co-operating with the squad.”

United were considered title contenders at the start of the season after following up a second-placed finish with the arrivals of Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho, but the club have imploded this season under Ole Gunnar Solksjaer and interim boss Ralf Rangnick.

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“[We must] accept the current situation but also know one year ago, this club, this team was second in the Premier League,” he said.

“There’s potential and now it’s up to us to get that out.

“It’s a process, it will take time but I’m convinced we will come to that point where we get success.

“We have to work hard and it has to be based on the right philosophy and strategy.”

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