Speaking to Voetbal International, Erik ten Hag said: “It felt like a difficult but great challenge. That is the most beautiful thing there is. There is something to build at Manchester United and something to gain. United is such a big name in football history. It feels like a challenge to put the club back on track of winning.
“Old Trafford is nicknamed the Theatre of Dreams for a reason. It is a club with name, fame and allure in international football. Everyone knows the history of the beautiful teams. From Sir Alex Ferguson of course, but also further back in time. The great team of the late 1950s, which disappeared with the plane crash.
“The history is impressive, but I also started to delve into the present and the future. And the options that are available. They are there, also financially. If you get a good feeling about the people there, then the picture is right and then the factors are present to take this step. They didn’t decide overnight. Neither did I.”
Ten Hag will officially start working as Man United’s permanent manager on July 1 at the end of his agreement with Eredivisie giants Ajax.
The Dutchman will be tasked with rebuilding the squad and ending the Red Devils’ longest trophy drought in 32 years.