Erik ten Hag has revealed his dream signing as Manchester United manager.
The Dutchman has named the one footballer he would love to have managed, a player who he feels would have made a ‘magnificent’ impact at Old Trafford.
The Manchester United boss has had the fortune of managing some of football’s great’s and a host of stars with bright futures.
During his relatively short period at Old Trafford, the Dutchman has worked with the likes of multiple-time Champions League winners Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Casemiro.
But there is one man who stands above all others, someone who Ten Hag has never had the opportunity to work with.
When quizzed during United’s ask-the-manager series, the 52-year-old revealed his dream signing as Dutch legend Johan Cruyff.
“I would prefer to have Johan Cruyff and to have him play for Manchester United,” said the Red Devils boss.
“It would be magnificent what he could contribute to this club.”
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Like many Dutch football enthusiasts, Cruyff appears high on the list of his footballing heroes.
Footage of the pair recently emerged from a 1980’s TV show called ‘Cruyff and co’ where a 13-year-old Ten Hag was given the opportunity to grill the legend on all things football.
Ten Hag even gave Cruyff some pointers on how to manage young stars telling him; “I think you should watch out that you don’t yell at the youth too much, because you can break a player like that.”
That confidence displayed all those years ago has helped Ten Hag in his management career where he has scooped three Eredivisie titles.
And the signs look good for him to continue his success at Old Trafford with United currently in a rich vein of form heading into Sunday’s Premier League trip to Arsenal.
Ten Hag has led his side to a six game unbeaten league run following Wednesday night’s 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace.
The point at Selhurst Park leaves United in third place on goal difference behind Manchester City and primed for a shot at Champions League qualification.