Erik ten Hag has his first wish for the project: Frenkie de Jong
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The arrival of Erik ten Hag caused great euphoria at Manchester United. Erik ten Hag was happy after the job was done. "It is a great honour to be appointed manager of Manchester United and I am hugely excited by the challenge ahead," he told the club's official website.
"I know the history of this great club and the passion of the fans, and I am absolutely determined to develop a team capable of delivering the success they deserve."
However, since Ten Hag came, rumors have immediately started about some names that could be the new stars of Manchester United.
One of them is Frenkie de Jong, a former Ajax player led by Erik ten Hag at the time. However, some deny and believe that De Jong will remain a Barcelona player. Recently, Xavi also had something to say about the young Dutch midfielder “Frenkie’s a very important player for me and for the club.
He has to mark an era," he said via Fabrizio Romano. "I'm happy with him. If it were up to me he'll continue for many years at Barça”
Ten Hag on De Jong and Ajax
Ten Hag explained a few years ago how he made De Jong such a good player.
“The quality of your players decide how you will play, and with what system," he said. "We had to find a way to make Frenkie function in the best possible way. You saw his incredible talent, but where do we have to use him to get the best out of him and his talent? “Eventually I decided to play with two ‘number 6’ players on the pitch.
Once I did this you saw how much better he became on the pitch, and how much better he made the whole team play and especially the attackers”. Erik also talked about Ajax and their style of play. "I think that with me in charge, I made Ajax play the Ajax way," Ten Hag told Trouw.
"With always the intention to play great and to play good. With adventure and beauty. There is a bigger winning mentality here now. If Ajax lacked a winning mentality before I arrived? I think so. "The fact that PSV was so hungry to win the cup-final was logical, they didn't win a trophy for a long time.
I worked at PSV and the cup-final didn't get any attention there for years. Now all of a sudden it's a big trophy, that's how they celebrated it too. "I think that's the biggest compliment that we could have got. It shows that the trophies the last couple of years were mostly for Ajax."