Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Ten Hag breaks silence on Man United takeover that will leave fans excited

Ten Hag breaks silence on Man United takeover that will leave fans excited

Erik ten Hag has spoken on the potential takeover of Manchester United in the wake of the Glazers’ revelation that they’re willing to sell the club.

And the Dutchman is confident that good times are ahead as a result of the owners’ attitude adjustment, as they had previously shown no signs of ceding control of the club.

“My information is that it will only be good things, because there will be more investment possible, which is good,” Ten Hag told The Athletic.

It appears that the manager is almost as enthusiastic about the idea of a United without Glazer as the fans, and his knowledge of the club’s need to catch up to its opponents is evident.

“I look at the competition around the Premier League. They all have the opportunity to invest. It’s a tough competition between seven or eight clubs.

“That’s a change in circumstances when you compare with five or 10 years ago – the competition is much tougher. Newcastle are coming, even West Ham, maybe not now in the table, but they have huge investment, Spurs definitely, and then City, Chelsea, and Liverpool, I don’t need to talk about them.

“Seven or eight clubs can compete in the league. Even at the bottom, I don’t see weak teams. They’re all strong. There’s no easy games.”

A Manchester United unburdened by interest payments, dividends, and a general lack of regard for the club’s infrastructure would be a significantly different beast than the one that now competes with the teams mentioned by Ten Hag.

And it appears that the manager has been guaranteed that he will be provided with the resources required to enable United realize their full potential. Chief executive Richard Arnold alerted him about the potential of a sale.

“He said they’re open and transparent,” Ten Hag said. “We spoke about the culture we want, we spoke about objectives, goals and the culture and he confirmed it won’t change, that it will be even better because more money will become available for this project.”

Whether the club is sold in its entirety or simply attracts new investors, it appears that Ten Hag has been told that the Glazers’ choice to seek ‘strategic alternatives’ will make his job at United simpler.

But the former Ajax manager is well aware that money alone will not be enough to return Manchester United to the top of English football.

“I think it’s also about strategy, not just money,” he said. “It’s clear that when you don’t have the right players and quality players, you will not be successful and achieve the targets you set. The competition is really tough, so you need the right players.

“If we go back to where we started — unless everyone is unified, then you won’t achieve that; so in a way, you’re in a better situation now than you were because everybody is unified.

“We are moving in a better direction. But still there is a lot of room for improvement.”

There is a strong possibility that Richard Arnold would not remain in his current position if a full sale were to occur – executive turnover is a regular characteristic of takeovers in any business, and even more so for a football club.

Ten Hag would undoubtedly be viewed favorably by any new investor, given his impressive start in the Premier League and his clear comprehension of what must be done to pull United out of the muck.

He acknowledges the need for higher standards at United in order for the team to reach its goals, something that has often been lacking over the past decade.

“I always say satisfaction makes you lazy. If you are too satisfied with yourself and the team, you will not maintain those high standards. It’s up to me to control that and set a good example.

“We have to live the high standards all the time and then we can compete with the best clubs in the Premier League and achieve our goals.”

Manchester United supporters may be witnessing the beginning of a new era at Old Trafford under Erik ten Hag and maybe under new ownership.

Ten Hag breaks silence on Man United takeover that will leave fans excited

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