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Manchester United job isn’t a risk but there’s no patience at the top, says Erik ten Hag

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag
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Manchester United’s new manager Erik ten Hag doesn’t believe taking the Old Trafford job is a risky decision, but he accepts that he won’t be given a lot of time to turn things around.

The Dutchman has succeeded Ralf Rangnick in Manchester after a poor season for the Red Devils.

United (opens in new tab) suffered their 12th Premier League defeat of the season on Sunday against Crystal Palace to finish in sixth place with 58 points, their lowest tally in the Premier League era.

Wilfried Zaha, Crystal Palace 1-0 Manchester United

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Ten Hag faces a huge task in picking up the pieces and turning United into serious contenders again, but the former Ajax boss spoke positively in his first press conference as manager.

"I dont see it as a risk. This club has a great history and now let's make a future,” he said.

“It’s really exciting to do that with the people around at the club, we will bring new people into the staff, and work with the players to try and achieve success."

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag

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Ten Hag is United’s fifth permanent manager since Alex Ferguson left in 2013, and 52-year-old is under no illusions about the high expectations he will face.

"What we are thinking about is this is a project, I know it takes time, but I also know that in this club, and I have the experience with other clubs like Ajax and Bayern Munich, at the top there's never time,” he said.

"But we want to win, we want every game, so we go from game to game and then we will see."

More Manchester United stories

Manchester United have been linked with a vast array of talents ever since Erik ten Hag was confirmed as manager – while Paul Pogba has been linked with rivals Manchester City.

Rumours persist that Benfica forward Darwin Nunez may well be bought, too, while Frenkie de Jong is an apparent target for Ten Hag following their time together at Ajax. Brentford midfielder Christian Eriksen is another player being talked about in relation to a move.

It's not all incomings at Old Trafford, either: one report lists the rumoured departure list out of Manchester. Paul Scholes, meanwhile, has been sharing how much of a disaster the current dressing room is from his chats with Jesse Lingard.

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Alasdair Mackenzie is a freelance journalist based in Rome, and a FourFourTwo contributor since 2015. When not pulling on the FFT shirt, he can be found at Reuters, The Times and the i. An Italophile since growing up on a diet of Football Italia on Channel 4, he now counts himself among thousands of fans sharing a passion for Ross County and Lazio.