New Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag called a meeting in Amsterdam on Thursday. Crowned with the title of Dutch champion with Ajax, the 52-year-old Dutch technician did not linger in the celebrations. Here he is at work, ready to take on the role of manager of the Red Devils. the Sportsmail explains that Steve McClaren has been summoned to the Dutch capital as part of the discussions – which suggests that Ten Hag wants to enlist him in his staff. Also present at the strategy meeting were longtime Ten Hag assistant Mitchell van der Gaag, as well as a member of United’s recruitment team, believed to be director of football John Murtough.
The presence of McClaren, 61, suggests that the former coach of the Three Lions (2006-2007) should return to the Red Devils, where he served as assistant to Alex Ferguson and participated in the hat-trick in 1999. McClaren worked with Ten Hag during the Englishman’s first season at FC Twente in 2008-09 – the Dutchman being the Englishman’s assistant. The roles should now be reversed. There is no doubt that the knowledge of United and the Premier League of the former Newcastle coach will be a real asset for Erik Ten Hag, who after managing in the Netherlands and Germany (Bayern II), will discover a new environment.