Fred becomes first Manchester United player to publicly speak about Erik ten Hag's appointment

Fred is the first Manchester United player to publicly speak about Erik ten Hag’s appointment as the new Red Devils boss.

The appointment of the 52-year-old was announced earlier today and the Dutchman will head to Old Trafford once Ajax’s season finishes.

Ten Hag has signed a three-year contract, with the option to extend for a further year, subject to work visa requirements.

His short-term focus will be bowing out at Ajax by lifting the Eredivisie title. The Dutch giants are four points clear of their rivals at the top of the table with five league games remaining.

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United’s number 17 will be hoping to form a key part of ten Hag’s plans at the Theatre of Dreams and the Brazilian is excited to play under the “world-class coach”.

The 29-year-old has become a key part of the United side since joining from Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk four years ago and his industrious battling qualities in the heart of United’s midfield could endear himself to his new boss.

The Brazilian international hopes that ten Hag can guide Manchester United to winning trophies while playing an impressive brand of football.

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“It’s great news,” says Fred in an interview with Premier League Productions via Manchester United’s official website.

“He’s a world-class coach who will help us a lot here. I’ve watched Ajax and they are a great team who play good football. We know he helps us a lot and hopefully next year we can win trophies.”

Fred is well aware that with ten Hag taking the United reins, he will have to prove his worth and impress the Dutchman.

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Fred continued: “Of course, you always have to prove yourself day to day and game by game. A new manager will look at the team and you have to show the quality of your work to continue playing and working hard under the new coach.

“The priority is to improve, develop day by day, continue fighting and challenge for trophies. We need to be back to being the huge club that Manchester United are.

“We know the new manager will help us get back on the rails and the objective will be to be back winning again.

“We really need to put a lot of work in. The new manager’s job will not just take one day to the next. It will take time. We will have pre-season and it won’t be easy. A new style that we can adapt to. We still need to meet our objectives on this season of course, too.”

 

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