Erik ten Hag wants control over transfers and 'won't make Van de Beek like errors' says Romano

Erik ten Hag is the current favourite to land the Manchester United job, with The Times reporting he impressed in an interview.

Journalist Fabrizio Romano told FIVE this week Mauricio Pochettino has also held an interview, and the Argentine is Ten Hag’s top rival for the Red Devils gig.

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Romano has shed more light on Ten Hag’s interview and his attitude with regard to transfers, the key aspect of a potential United rebuild.

Ten Hag reportedly wants a collaborative approach, one that he will lead and have the final say on.

The unhappy example of Donny van de Beek’s experience at Old Trafford was cited as the type of deal Ten Hag wants to avoid.

Romano explained: “Ten Hag is a manager, from what I’m told, in the interview he had with Manchester United, he wanted to make sure they want to back him.

“He wants to be the man who decides, together with the board and Rangnick, but with his own ideas, the signings they will do.

“It’s not about signing Donny van de Beek and never playing him for two years, for example. It’s important to protect the players you sign, to trust, this is something for Ten Hag this is more than important.

“Ten hag wants clear ideas, wants a project, this is how he works and works with Ajax.”

A plan to plan together

Ten Hag managed Van de Beek at Ajax and thought he was heading for a new, bright future at Old Trafford. So he will have been alarmed how United failed to use him.

Even if Van de Beek is not in his own plans, which he may not be, United bought him, and seemingly when manager at the time Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had no real plan for him.

Despite claiming to have tracked Van de Beek for years, Solskjaer never gave the Dutchman a fair chance, selecting him for only four Premier League starts in 2020/21 and no league starts prior to his sacking in 2021/22.

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Many supporters and pundits have speculated that Solskjaer never really wanted Van de Beek in the first place, that he was a panic signing late in a transfer window which was not going well, and a back-up choice to Jack Grealish, who proved too expensive.

Ten Hag is right to want to avoid these scenarios, it just isn’t fair on the players, or supporters, in addition to being a colossal waste of time and money, with £35 million spent on Van de Beek.

The Ajax boss’ plan sounds smart, and Rangnick will be a vital middle-man. Whether the board give him enough freedom to do what he wants, is another matter which will be proved with time, but for Ten Hag to accept the job, he has to believe that they will.

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