Erik ten Hag is the 'perfect match' for Manchester United, says ex-Ajax star

Manchester United have been told Erik ten Hag is the perfect match for the club, by former Ajax player Joel Veltman.

Veltman takes on United with Brighton this weekend, and he has been speaking to Sky Sports about the Red Devils’ upcoming managerial appointment.

Ten Hag will take over at the end of the season, and United just have two more games remaining, while Ten Hag pushes to win a third Eredivisie title with Ajax.

United have had a very disappointing season, currently sitting sixth, and Veltman believes Ten Hag is the right manager to turn the club’s fortunes around.

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Veltman told Sky Sports: “I think it’s a good choice only because he’s tactically really good, and I think that’s the most important thing that they need right now.

“They have the major players, every player showed already they are amazing and can perform well in this league at the highest level, so they just need a gaffer who is like, ‘Guys, you have to do this, this and this.’ He needs time of course, but I think he’s probably the perfect match.

“Hopefully he (Ten Hag) will make a team of them. Like OK if you go there, I will go here. Like a harmonica they call it in Holland so it’s like not loose ends any more, so hopefully he will do that next season.”

Veltman played at Ajax during their Champions League run to the semi-finals in 2019, before taking on a new adventure in the Premier League with Brighton. The 30-year-old has made 34 appearances in all competitions for Brighton this season.

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United supporters will be hoping Veltman’s comments are correct, although it may be a little more complex than he suggests.

Ten Hag will need to sign new players and shift unwanted ones, getting the recruitment right, while he puts his own tactics into place. It is unlikely to be an overnight transformation, especially to reach the high bar currently being set by United’s competitors.

There is a lot of work ahead, and if United suffer defeat against Veltman’s Brighton at the weekend, it will underline the magnitude of the task ahead.

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