My friends warned me about taking the 'Impossible' Manchester United job- Erik Ten Hag

Ten Hag opens up on Man United job offer || Credit: Imago

My friends warned me about taking the 'Impossible' Manchester United job- Erik Ten Hag

Stephen Oladehinde 21:52 - 07.12.2023

Ten Hag reveals friends tried to discourage him from taking an "impossible" Manchester United job, but he remains committed to the challenge.

Erik ten Hag has revealed that his friends tried to talk him out of taking the Manchester United job, warning him that it would be an "impossible" one.

The Dutchman, who left Ajax to take over at Old Trafford in 2022, has been under pressure in his second season. However, he insists that he was always up for the challenge.

Ten Hag speaks on Man United job

"Everyone was telling me 'You can't succeed in that job," Ten Hag told Fanzine United We Stand. "They said it was impossible. Me? I wanted the challenge."

In his first season in English football, Ten Hag ended United's six-year wait for a trophy when they beat Newcastle in the EFL Cup final. 

However, the Red Devils are currently way off the pace in the Premier League and are at the bottom of their Champions League group.

Despite the challenges, Ten Hag remains committed to turning things around at Old Trafford. He believes that the club's history and fan base make it a special place to be.

Erik ten Hag, Manchester United manager || Image credit: Imago
Erik ten Hag, Manchester United manager || Image credit: Imago

"I knew it wouldn't be easy, but it was such a great club with such a great fanbase," Ten Hag added. "People love Man Utd, or they are against Man Utd. I like clubs like this. Ajax was like this."

Ten Hag denies rift with Sancho, but player remains frozen out

Ten Hag's recent victory over Chelsea has provided him with some respite from the pressure he has been facing. However, he is still facing questions about his relationship with certain players, particularly Jadon Sancho.

The England international has been frozen out of the first team in recent weeks, and Ten Hag has refused to offer any explanation for his decision.

"There are no rifts in the squad," Ten Hag said earlier this week. "We have a good group of players who are working hard together."

However, Ten Hag's actions suggest otherwise. Sancho's exile is costing the club a significant amount of money, and it is difficult to understand why Ten Hag is so willing to sacrifice the player's development.

Ten Hag not expecting major January transfer window spending

With the news that Sir Jim Ratcliffe's INEOS Group is set to purchase a 25% stake in the club, there is hope that United will finally be able to challenge for the top trophies again.

However, Ten Hag doesn't expect the deal to have a significant impact on the club's January transfer window spending. He believes that it is difficult to attract the best players in the winter.

"I don't think [we will spend a lot]," he said. "As a club, you have to look for improvements, so if you can find better and it's realistic financially and with Financial Fair Play, the club has to go with it. But most of the time you don't attract the best players in the winter."

Despite the challenges, Ten Hag remains optimistic about the future of Manchester United. He believes that the club has the potential to be successful again, and he is determined to make that happen.