Speaking about what criteria are needed for the next potential Man United manager, Rio Ferdinand said on his Vibe with Five podcast: “For any manager coming in to a new club, it’s almost like you’ve got to show people why you’re there immediately.
“I use Antonio Conte as a good reference point for that. Whenever he joins a new club, there is no negotiables and he tells them, ‘this is what’s happening, this is what I am – if you’re not with me you can go.’
“I think that’s the type of attitude and the type of mentality that separates the good managers from the top managers. You’ve got to be able to go in there and command a whole dressing room full of egos, big personalities, big characters. That’s the job of anyone coming in.
“Now I don’t know Ten Hag personally but he’s doing a fantastic job at Ajax. Let’s remember that Ajax isn’t a small club. They’re a massive club – the biggest club in Holland.”
“Yes, it’s different and the landscape is different but it’s still a huge club that he’s got to work with and the expectation levels there every day are to win.
“That’s something that will be there every day and would be there if he was to come to Manchester United.”
Meanwhile, Ten Hag has found the admiration of many Man United fans who want him to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but he is currently not interested in leaving Ajax.
The Red Devils are failing to pull the trigger on Ole because of the unavailability of a quality replacement and will give him more time to turn things around.