Man Utd: Rio Ferdinand reacts to Erik ten Hag being snubbed by manager

Rio Ferdinand reacts to Erik ten Hag's managerial choice and snubs Man Utd

Fred Rutten revealed he had rejected an approach by Ten Hag (Images: Getty)

Rio Ferdinand feels Fred Rutten’s decision not to take the opportunity to join Erik ten Hag’s coaching staff at Manchester United speaks volumes about the state of the club.

At the weekend, former Dutch midfielder Rutten – who has managed a host of Eredivisie clubs including PSV, Vitesse and Feyenoord – revealed he was approached by his compatriot about a move to Old Trafford.

However, the 59-year-old turned down Ten Hag’s offer, saying he would rather stay in his native Netherlands to be close to his family – although he will return to PSV as Ruud van Nistelrooy’s number two.

Rio Ferdinand reacts to Erik ten Hag being snubbed over Manchester United assistant role

Ten Hag is still assembling his team in the back room (Image: Getty)

“Erik ten Hag asked me to become his assistant at Manchester United, I said no,” Rutten told Dutch television. “Everyone makes their own decisions in life. I have a family, I have grandchildren that I want to see. I felt uncomfortable with this type of project.

“At Manchester United, you get on a train and you can’t get off. I want to feel comfortable in something you step into. That is the case with PSV. It’s nice to have grandkids that you see every now and then and play ball with.”

After the humiliating nature of United’s 4-0 defeat by Brighton on Saturday, Ferdinand was even more upset when he read Rutten’s comments a day later and is in disbelief at how the club is viewed now.

talking about his Vibe with FIVE YouTube show, he said: “There’s a lot of things that aren’t right at Man United at the moment.

“We even read in the papers yesterday that PSV’s number two manager refused to come to Man United and become a manager. This is unheard of.

“We are in territory where we have never been before. There is a job coming up at Manchester United [in the past]there would be lines around the block for people to take the job!

FC Twente coach Erik ten Hag talks to coach Steve McClaren on the bench

Steve McClaren could join Ten Hag’s coaching staff at United (Image: PA)

“Now there are lines of people saying, ‘You know what, that might be a train you’re not getting on.’ It’s crazy.’

Ten Hag, who will take over Old Trafford once he finishes the Eredivisie season with Ajax, is expected to bring his current assistant Mitchell van der Gaag with him to Manchester.

However, he also wants a more experienced coach to be part of his backroom team – like Rutten – and has been linked with including the likes of Steve McClaren and Rene Meulensteen in his coaching setup.

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