Just In: Ten Hag Confirms Exactly When He’ll Takeover From Ralf Rangnick As New Man Utd Boss

Manchester United’s new manager Erik ten Hag is not wasting any time. After ending the season with Ajax, he seems set to head to his new club immediately.

Ajax played their last game on Sunday away at Vitesse, a 2-2 draw, with Brian Brobbey and Edson Alvarez on the scoresheet.

The tradition for Ajax is to go on an end of season camp. That will go ahead, just without Erik ten Hag. He plans to ‘work intensively’ for Manchester United instead.

Ten Hag spoke to Voetball International after the final game. He made clear that United was now his immediate priority.

He said: “There will be a party with the staff, but I am not going to Curaçao,

“I think that’s understandable. There is a lot of work to do there [at Manchester United]. That is the case with every club. A number of things still need to be organised in the staff and also in the team. We will be working intensively on this from tomorrow.”

According to The Athletic report, Ten Hag has revealed he’ll be in attendance for United’s final league game against Crystal Palace but won’t be in the dugout, ready to commence fully immediately afterwards.

The Dutchman is setting an example for Manchester United to follow. He is not wasting any time, now determined to get to work on fixing the club’s many problems.

He does intend to take a break at some point, it just won’t be immediately. He explained: “Time management is also important. It was also a tough season. Charging the battery is necessary.”

Ten Hag starting early is a perfect scenario for Manchester United. This is a club which has been allowed to drift off course this season, and while Ralf Rangnick officially remains in charge all week and will prepare the team for the Palace game, his replacement can get to work behind the scenes.

It means Ten Hag will avoid the late start overseen by Manchester United’s previous Dutch manager Louis van Gaal, back in 2014.

Van Gaal was, unavoidably, managing the Netherlands at the World Cup in Brazil, and then had five days after the tournament before starting up at United.

But the real problem was that this meant Van Gaal did not begin until mid-July, which left just one month before Manchester United’s season started.

Ten Hag will have a far longer lead-in, with a near two-month head start on what Van Gaal had, to get to grips with his new club.

This will enable him to be better prepared behind the scenes, make smarter decisions on recruitment and staffing, and set himself up for success. Long-term, United will benefit from Ten Hag’s early start.

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