Antonio Conte gives his verdict on Manchester United appointing Erik ten Hag
Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte has warned Erik ten Hag that the “pressure is massive” at Manchester United following the Dutchman’s appointment.
The 52-year-old has been appointed as Manchester United’s fifth permanent manager since Sir Alex Ferguson retired nine years ago.
Ten Hag will take over the reins at Old Trafford once Ajax’s season finishes. The Dutch giants are four points clear at the top of the Eredivisie with five league games remaining.
The Dutch top-flight’s season finishes on May 15, a week earlier than the Premier League, so ten Hag will likely get straight to work on repairing and rebuilding a Manchester United side that have been labelled as ‘broken’ by former right-back Gary Neville.
Conte, who was linked with taking the United hotseat following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking in November, has commented on ten Hag’s appointment and the Red Devils’ current plight.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of Spurs’ games against Brentford, Conte, said: “For sure we are talking about a big club, an important club. Don’t forget that last season United were in second place and improve the squad with Varane, Sancho and Ronaldo.
“It’s strange but they’ve improved the squad and have done worse than last season. It shows it’s not easy, particularly in England.
“In England it’s a big job for every manager, the level is so high. When you’re at Manchester United the pressure is massive. You have to fight to win trophies. It’s not easy because other teams have the same idea.”
Conte and ten Hag have never gone toe-to-toe during their managerial careers, but depending on whether the former Inter Milan sticks around at north London, it looks like the pair will square off for the first next season.