Eric Ten Hag: My Major Duty at Old Trafford is to Bring Back The Glory Days
Erik ten Hag has vowed to bring the ‘good times’ back to Manchester United as he promised to implement a ‘proactive’ style of football during his time at the club.
United endured a miserable campaign last term, finishing with their lowest Premier League points tally and failing to qualify for the Champions League.
The dismal 2021-22 season, coupled with anger and fury from fans at the Glazer ownership, has darkened the mood at Old Trafford, while supporters are also frustrated at the lack of activity in the transfer market so far this summer.
The Red Devils have not won a trophy since lifting the Europa League under Jose Mourinho in 2017, their longest drought in four decades.
Dutch left-back Tyrell Malacia is the only arrival having signed from Feyenoord for £14.6million, a disappointing return at a time where the club are supposed to be embarking on a significant rebuild.
But Ten Hag has insisted the supporters remain positive and those he had encountered in his time in England were ‘really supportive’ of the club despite their recent travails.
United have also been rocked by Cristiano Ronaldo’s desire to leave if they receive a suitable offer for him, and there was no mention of the wantaway Portuguese star in the first part of Ten Hag’s interview with club media.
‘I do feel they are really committed to this club, waiting for good times and they are really supportive of Manchester United,’ Ten Hag told club media. ‘It’s good to see that and it motivates me even more.’
Ten Hag, who has arrived in Bangkok with his 31-man squad for United’s pre-season tour, has also insisted his team will be bold in attack and defence.
United have lacked a defined style of play for several years, with interim manager Ralf Rangnick failing to execute his famed gegenpressing during his short spell at the club.