Ten Hag has been officially unveiled as the next permanent United boss as he takes over the reins from interim manager Ralf Rangnick. The Dutchman was in attendance on Sunday as his new side brought their season to a fitting end with a 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace.
However, since West Ham also lost in their last match of the campaign, United still managed to qualify for the Europa League but the scale of the task at hand for Ten Hag couldn't have been made clearer. That work has already begun with the 52-year-old leaving Ajax early last week so he could immediately turn his focus to United and now his assistant coaches have been confirmed, with Mitchell van der Gaag and Steve McClaren joining the club as well.
Ten Hag has been formally introduced to United supporters with a lengthy interview on United's official website, part one of which was published on Monday morning. Among several other topics, he made it clear how thrilled he is to have taken the Old Trafford hot seat.
I would say the word 'exciting',” Ten Hag told United's in-house media. “I really look forward to doing this job, at this club with massive history, and we want to restore it where it belongs. I think many [reasons it's exciting]. First of all, we want to make the fans proud.
“Second, of course, we are in this moment, the current situation is obviously not that good. Its a big challenge. I want to build and construct a team who are battling for each other, who are unified and who will get results.
“Also we are playing in the Theatre of Dreams. We want to entertain, but in the end, the intention is to play fantastic football. If we cant play fantastic football, we still have to win. Before a season, you have to prepare and when you are in a club, I will say its a continual process. Youre working on next season and still you are in the current season.
“But we didnt have that time now, and now we close the season and Im coming over to meet people and to roll out the strategy, to prepare pre-season, prepare staff and prepare a squad.”