Manchester United board ‘blocking’ Erik ten Hag from hiring preferred assistant with Dutchman told to look elsewhere

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Manchester United are reportedly frustrating Erik ten Hag’s plans to hire his preferred backroom staff ahead of his arrival at Manchester United this summer.

According to The Times via 90min, Ten Hag is keen for a reunion with Steve McClaren, with whom he worked at FC Twente earlier in his career but the Manchester United board has told Ten Hag to look elsewhere.

Ten Hag reportedly wants McClaren as one of his assistants at Manchester United because the former England boss knows United well, having served as an assistant under Sir Alex Ferguson between 1999 and 2001.

Former Twente manager Fred Rutten has also recently rejected Ten Hag’s offer to join his Manchester United backroom staff in favour of joining Ruud van Nistelrooy backroom staff at PSV.

“Everyone makes his own choices in life. I have a family, grandchildren that I want to see. This type of project, I felt uncomfortable with it,” Rutten told ESPN.

“At Manchester United you get on a train and you can’t get off it. I want to feel comfortable in something you step into. That is the case with PSV.”

The expectation is that Ten Hag will bring in his current assistant at Ajax, Mitchell van der Gaag, but the boss wants more familiar faces around him and is keen for United to help him out in that regard.