Erik ten Hag reveals chats with Sir Alex Ferguson, how he loved Roy Keane over Patrick Vieira and opens up on start at Manchester United

    Erik ten Hag has revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson gives him advice and also opened up on his start to life at Manchester United.

    Ten Hag is hoping to do what successive Red Devils bosses have failed to do, that is emulate the success Fergie brought to Old Trafford.

    Ten Hag has experienced a lot already in his short tenure at Man United

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    Ten Hag has experienced a lot already in his short tenure at Man United

    Winning 13 Premier League titles is not something that fans will expect, but at least challenging at the top of the table would be a good start.

    The pressure is on the Dutchman after the club backed him with nearly £200million in transfers.

    Facing Arsenal on Sunday will be a huge test, especially with the Gunners having won all five of their Premier League games so far.

    “Top games, big history between the two clubs, both with incredibly good players and good managers but it is now about Sunday, it is new, we have to build a future,” Ten Hag told Sky Sports.

    “What (Arsene) Wenger did at Arsenal was great, his philosophy I really respect that, but Fergie built all of this.

    Fergie and Ten Hag have had chats during the Dutchman’s early United reign

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    Fergie and Ten Hag have had chats during the Dutchman’s early United reign

    “I speak with him, and we are happy with that, so are his advisors, we are grateful but now we have to build a new future, that is also clear.”

    Ten Hag may have only just taken over at Old Trafford, but he revealed he has also been a fan of the Manchester club.

    “My team in England was always Manchester United, I always supported this club, from the past I loved watching (David) Beckham, (Paul) Scholes, (Rio) Ferdinand and (Ryan) Giggs, I always liked them.” He continued

    When asked if he would be Team Vieira or Team Keane? He added: “That’s clear, no question. Keane.”

    The Keane and Vieira rivalry was iconic

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    The Keane and Vieira rivalry was iconic

    Ten Hag has had to make a number of big calls early on in his Manchester United career, including dropping Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Maguire to the bench.

    He added: ”I do have emotion when I make decisions, use intuition and feelings but they have to be rational and strategic if you want to go in the direction where Manchester United want to go, and we all have to be on the same page.

    “I have to be clinical and ask what is the best for the club and the team and what is the process and to improve. I have to be transparent and clear and to communicate.”

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