Erik ten Hag sends strong message to Manchester United dressing room after final Ajax game

Erik ten Hag has taken charge of Ajax for the final time, with the Dutchman preparing to take the reins at Manchester United.

The Eredivisie champions ended their season with a 2-2 draw at Vitesse Arnhem. Having taken an early lead through Brian Brobbey, the visitors needed Edson Alvarez’s late equaliser to ensure Ten Hag’s tenure didn’t end in defeat having trailed 2-1.

The Amsterdam giants had already secured the league title in midweek to ensure Ten Hag departed on a high. Having now completed their season, Ten Hag’s next game on the touchline will see him in charge of United.

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Reports have suggested Ten Hag could be in attendance at Selhurst Park next weekend as United end their season against Crystal Palace. Regardless of whether he is in south London to see his new side in action or not, the incoming United boss knows the size of the task facing him.

“It’s time to turn the switch now,” Ten Hag said following Ajax’s final game. “It’s something that is needed because there is a lot to take care of and I have the energy for it.”

Asked whether he was ready for the “sharks” (the media) in England, Ten Hag responded: “I don’t see them like that. I don’t see you like that too, nobody.

“What it’s all about is the dressing room, you need to be able to manage the dressing room. You have to make it function. That’s how you win games.”

Ten Hag’s comments on the dressing room will fill United fans with hope. Numerous reports have circulated this season suggesting United’s dressing room had reached boiling point, with talk of a training ground bust-up emerging as recently as this week.

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