Ten Hag says he insisted on 'control' of United transfers

Erik ten Hag has been confirmed as the new Manchester United manager but is seeing out the season at Ajax.

Ten Hag has given an interview to the Dutch press, where he said that he insisted on total control over United’s transfers.

The Dutchman has had success at Ajax within a clear structure, where there is expertise and clarity around all the roles behind the scenes.

There are huge question marks over whether that will happen at United, but he told Dutch outlet Trouw how he sees it.

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“I set requirements in advance about how I want to work,” he said.

“If they aren’t granted, I won’t do it. I am ultimately responsible and accounted for the results.

“I don’t want to be the sole ruler, I stand for cooperation, but control in transfers is a condition for me.”

United need a strong leader, who knows what he wants and will not compromise on his demands, pulling standards up all around the club.

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If United have clearly defined ten Hag’s remit and the roles of the sporting and technical directors, they need to stick to it to give him the best chance of succeeding.

Perhaps the new man will speak more in public about what he wanted control over and what he will leave to others.

United need to be more efficient off the field, and that is also in terms of getting unwanted players out of the club as well as who they get in.

A ruthless cull has really been on the cards since Louis van Gaal’s reign ended, and United have not got it done. They cannot delay any longer this summer.

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