Manchester United looking to hire new first team coach to join Erik ten Hag's staff

Manchester United announced Mitchell van der Gaag and Steve McClaren as Erik ten Hag’s assistants at the club.

United are not done yet. The Mail report the Red Devils want to hire a new ‘first team coach’ to support Ten Hag’s lead staff.

The club want to give Ten Hag all the support he needs to be successful, and an extra coach will certainly be of benefit.

There is no confirmation of who the new hire is yet, at this early stage.

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New first team coach, and departures

Mike Phelan is set to leave the club, The Mail report. BBC Sport had previously reported he was ‘unlikely’ to stay if Ten Hag was appointed.

Phelan was hired as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s assistant, and stuck around through Ralf Rangnick’s tenure.

With Ralf Rangnick leaving the club after his interim role elapsed, his coaches, Chris Armas, Ewan Sharp, and psychologist Sasha Lense are also set to depart. They were only hired on contracts until the end of this season.

Set piece coach Eric Ramsay is set to stay on. This was first reported by The Times, and goalkeeping coach Richard Hartis is also expected to be retained.

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One possible candidate to be first team coach

This is just us speculating, but an ideal candidate to be the club’s first team coach to work with Ten Hag, would be Rene Meulensteen.

This was Meulensteen’s job title under Sir Alex Ferguson from 2007 to 2013, before he was controversially axed by David Moyes.

In addition to being Dutch like Ten Hag and Van der Gaag, Meulensteen knows United, like McClaren, and has previously worked with both Cristiano Ronaldo and David de Gea.

His daughter Pien Meulensteen conducted the ‘first interview’ with Erik ten Hag for Manchester United’s media channels this week.

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