Ten Hag: Why I took the Man Utd job

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Incoming manager Erik ten Hag has broken his silence over why he took the Manchester United job. 

Despite his next move having been announced in April already, the Ajax Amsterdam boss had chosen to remain silent about his upcoming managerial role as he was fully focused on leading his current club to the league title.  

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With a second straight Eredivisie trophy secured after a 5-0 win over SC Heerenveen on Wednesday, the head coach will now begin to focus on his new job, even though Ajax have one last league game to play this season, against Vitesse on Sunday.  

The Dutchman reportedly met with United football director John Murtough and prospective assistant coach Steve McClaren on Thursday to discuss recruitment for the 2022/23 season, with two midfielders, a versatile forward, and a centre-back said to be on the club's list of transfer targets. 

Ten Hag has now opened up on the lengthy process of his appointment, and the "fantastic challenge" that lies ahead.  

"Despite it [United] being a beautiful club, I would never just start," the 52-year-old said, per Manchester Evening News.  

"I wanted to create good working conditions first, so every detail had to be taken care of. I know United went through a very precise procedure.  

"They'd done scouting, analyses, data, interviews with people who worked with me. Then we held multiple interviews. 

"They didn't rush into things, and neither did I. It felt like a difficult, but fantastic challenge.  

"At United, there's something to build and something to win. Manchester United is such a big name in the history of football. 

"It's not for nothing they call Old Trafford the Theatre of Dreams.  

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"It's a club with allure in international football. Everyone knows their history. Of Sir Alex [Ferguson], of course, but further back in time as well.  

"Their great team in the late 50s, that suddenly disappeared after the plane crash. The history is impressive, but I've also researched the present and future and the possibilities. 

"Those exist, financially as well. If you then get a good feeling about the people that are there, then all the factors are in play to take this step."

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