Former Manchester United star Daley Blind says Erik ten Hag WILL be a success at Old Trafford if he is backed by the board as he calls his fellow Dutchman ‘one of the best managers around’ after working with him at Ajax
- Erik ten Hag will officially take over as Manchester United boss this summer
- The Dutchman has been backed by Ajax star Daley Blind to succeed at the club
- He called Ten Hag ‘one of the best managers’ but says he must be backed
- Dutch defender Blind played at Old Trafford between 2014 and 2018
Former Manchester United defender Daley Blind has backed Erik ten Hag to be a success at Old Trafford – as long as the club backs him – calling him ‘one of the best managers around’.
Ten Hag is preparing to take over at the club this summer after seeing out his final season at Ajax, where he and Blind enjoyed winning the Eredivisie title, and has held a planning meeting to draw up his first plans for United, as reported by Sportsmail.
Blind – who played for United between 2014 and 2018 before moving back to Ajax to link up with Ten Hag – insists he is ‘confident’ the coach will do well in his new role but urged United chiefs to give him patience.
Ex-Manchester United star Daley Blind has backed Erik ten Hag to be a success at Old Trafford
Ten Hag will turn his attention to the Man United job after winning the title with Ajax
‘Erik ten Hag is a great guy,’ Blind told Dutch outlet Bij Andy in de Auto, via Metro.
‘It’s not an easy job, of course, but he doesn’t run away from it either. He takes up the challenge.
‘I am quite confident in him at Manchester United but he needs the board behind him. At Ajax he had [Edwin] Van der Sar and [Marc] Overmars behind him whatever happened, also in bad times.
‘I hope he gets the time there, he is one of the best managers around.’
Blind called Ten Hag ‘one of the best managers around’ and one who ‘leaves nothing to chance’
Blind gave United fans a glimpse of what it was like working with Ten Hag, revealing his detailed approaches to games, even against opponents where they are expected to win the game.
‘Ten Hag leaves nothing at chance. Sometimes we faced an opponent that we would automatically underestimate and we thought, “we don’t need a 45 minute meeting for this”.
‘But he approaches every single game the same, tactical training sessions.. everything is detailed.’