Rio Ferdinand explains the Erik ten Hag quote which really impressed him

The Erik ten Hag era at Manchester United has finally begun. He was introduced as manager at a press conference after posing for a photo shoot at Old Trafford.

Ten Hag spoke with clarity at his press conference, taking control of the room, and showing real excitement to be officially starting his new job.

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand said he was impressed by Ten Hag’s press conference and feels encouraged about the future.

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Rio Ferdinand on Ten Hag’s press conference

Ferdinand told Five he was particularly encouraged by one quote Ten Hag gave, when talking about the high standards he demands.


The former United title winner said: “His comments he said about ‘good isn’t good enough’, that’s the type of language that I like to hear.

“He’s got to get that on the training pitch. He wants to be a dominating and dictating team. That’s what he had at Ajax.

“It’s a very different make up he’s coming into right now, so he’s got a lot to do, a lot of work to do.”

Ten Hag’s full quote

“I have high expectations from myself and that is also what I demand from my squad. They have to co-operate together and they have to give every day their best. And I would say, for me, good is not good enough. We have to do better.

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The Dutchman is essentially starting from scratch at Manchester United, with a squad which needs a real reboot.

The manager will be given time to put his own team together, and more than one transfer window will be needed to get close to how he wants his team to look.

His high demands will weed out some of the United players, who just won’t be able to cope with what he is looking for.

Whoever he decides to part ways with, there will be few tears. This is Ten Hag’s team now, and he has the right to mould it as he sees fit, to create a team which stand a chance of being successful.

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