Manchester United confirm Erik ten Hag’s two assistants as Steve McClaren returns | Soccer

Erik ten Hag was present at Manchester United's last game

Erik ten Hag was in attendance for Manchester United’s final game (Image: Getty)

Manchester United have confirmed the appointment of Steve McClaren and Mitchell van der Gaag as assistants to new manager Erik ten Hag.

McClaren, 61, previously worked at Old Trafford as Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant, while Van der Gaag, 50, worked with Ten Hag at their previous club Ajax.

Ten Hag, McClaren and Van der Gaag were present for Manchester United’s last game of the season on Sunday as Ralf Rangnick’s side suffered a 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace.

Netherlands manager Ten Hag has signed a three-year deal with United and will officially take charge of the team today following Rangnick’s tenure as caretaker manager.

McClaren was alongside Ferguson in the conclusion of Manchester United’s treble season in 1999. The Red Devils won the Premier League in each of McClaren’s three seasons as Fergie’s No. 2.

He then left Old Trafford to start his own managerial career and had an impressive spell at Middlesbrough before taking over England in 2006.

McClaren has also worked for FC Twente, Wolfsburg, Nottingham Forest, Derby County, Newcastle United and Queens Park Rangers.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 22: Manchester United’s new manager Eric ten Hag, Mitchell van der Gaag and Steve McClaren look on from the box prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Manchester United at Selhurst Park on May 22, 2022 the directors out to London, England. (Photo by Manchester United/Manchester United via Getty Images)

The veteran coach was Ten Hag’s assistant at FC Twente in the Netherlands.

Van der Gaag, meanwhile, held coaching roles in Portugal and the Netherlands before becoming Ten Hag’s assistant at Ajax in 2019.

Under Ten Hag and Van der Gaag, Ajax beat PSV for the Eredivisie title this season.

Meanwhile, McClaren recently opened up about his association with Ten Hag and praised the 52-year-old’s work ethic.

“I thought I worked hard until I met Erik,” said the ex-England boss. “His great strength lies not only in his attention to detail and organization.

“He has a clear philosophy of how he wants to play football; the environment he wants to create.’


Manchester United Manchester United confirm Erik ten Hag's two assistants as Steve McClaren returns | Soccer

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