“He delivers” – Incoming Manchester United assistant boss Steve McClaren backs Manchester United player for key role under Erik ten Hag

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Steve McClaren is set to return to Manchester United this summer as assistant to new Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag.

McClaren, 61, was Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant between 1999 and 2001 and had Ten Hag as his assistant during his time at Twente boss.

Although his stock as a manager has dwindled in recent years, McClaren remains highly regarded by the incoming United boss and could provide priceless insider knowledge when he arrives at the club.

Ahead of his arrival at Manchester United, McClaren has backed Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay to have an important role under Ten Hag.

McTominay divided opinion among Manchester United fans but McClaren insists McTominay has all the key attributes of a proper United player.

“You put him on the field and he delivers,” he told talkSPORT in January. “He’s a Manchester United player, seven or eight out of ten every week. That’s what makes a Manchester United player.

“He breaks up play, he’s box-to-box, he’s got energy, attitude, can deal with the ball, gets into the box and can score goals, he’s doing very well.”

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