Erik ten Hag takes over Manchester United reserves: ‘Collaboration between different departments is crucial’

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Erik ten Hag takes over Manchester United reserves: ‘Collaboration between different departments is crucial’

Manchester United supervisor Erik ten Hag stated he has taken cost of the membership’s reserve aspect to foster higher collaboration at Previous Trafford.

Ten Hag believes United’s reserve group – their Underneath-21 aspect – was “remoted” earlier than becoming a member of final summer time.

The Dutch participant revealed he spoke with United soccer director John Murtough to supervise the reserve group as a part of the negotiations that introduced him to Manchester.

Ten Hag stated: “Collaboration between all of the totally different departments is essential to me to get the fitting tradition at a membership. As with Ajax, the reserve group was remoted after I entered Manchester United.

“He wasn’t a part of the academy anymore, however he wasn’t a part of the primary group both. I modified that instantly – simply as I did after I entered Amsterdam.

“At Ajax, the reserve group grew to become the supervisor’s accountability. It was the one means I might affect the movement of younger, gifted gamers into the primary group.

“After all I nonetheless give the coaches the liberty to work however I additionally give them course, like ‘I would like that participant to begin incomes minutes in that place.

“So the last word accountability for the efficiency of the second group and the movement of gamers from the reserve group to the primary group rests with me.”

At Ten Hag’s earlier membership, Ajax, the reserve group – Jong Ajax – competes within the second tier of Dutch soccer. In England, nonetheless, United’s Underneath-21 gamers play within the Premier League 2, a league made fully of groups in that age group. They’re additionally featured within the Papa John’s Trophy.

The United Underneath-21s have received simply as soon as in 12 league video games this season and are ranked eleventh out of 14 groups within the Premier League 2 Division 1.

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A couple of gamers from this aspect took half within the first group setup this season, most notably the 18-year-old Alejandro Garnacho The participant who has made 11 senior appearances thus far this season.

“I spoke at size with (soccer director) John Murtough about this earlier than I got here to Manchester and he organized it in such a means that I might work right here as nicely,” Ten Hag added.

“Within the Netherlands, I took steps to tackle extra managerial roles in Ajax. If you do not have competent folks round you, you can not delegate and you’ll do the whole lot your self.

“However you probably have competent folks, it’s important to embrace them in your imaginative and prescient after which you possibly can delegate duties. The coaching course of with the senior group is an instance. I do know that is in good fingers with (first group coach) Mitchell van der Gaag.

“As a result of it is within the coaching classes, I can normally get an outline. Then, as a supervisor, you see much more than if you happen to have been engaged on coaching workout routines by yourself.”

United’s first group flying excessive Premier League after successful 1-0 Wolverhampton Travelers Saturday noticed them climb to fourth place. Aspect face of the Ten Witches Bournemouth for his or her subsequent fixture on Tuesday.

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