He is a coach from the moment he was born – Ten Hag explains why he hired this Manchester United coach

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Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has hailed the qualities of his assistant manager Mitchell van der Gaag.

Van der Gaag was Ten Hag’s assistant at Ajax, where they were successful together.

Speaking about Van der Gaag, Manchester United boss Ten Hag said: “He is a coach from the moment he was born.

“Mitchell van der Gaag also had a lot of experience. First, as a player, he played many games in the highest levels in different leagues and, after that, he became coach, also in different countries, at different levels.

“So, he gained a lot of experience and most important for these two (Van der Gaag and Steve McClaren) is they know how to win because they proved it in the past.”

Meanwhile, The transfer of Frenkie de Jong to Manchester United is being held up by money owed to the Netherlands midfielder by Barcelona, according to James Ducker of The Telegraph.

The Telegraph claim Manchester United reached an agreement with Barcelona to pay an initial €65 million (£55m) with around a further €20m (£17m) payable in add-ons.

However, United’s hopes of wrapping up a deal in time for De Jong is being delayed by money owed to the midfielder by Barcelona.

Barcelona reportedly owe De Jong around £17million after he agreed to defer his wages due to the coronavirus pandemic.