Erik ten Hag admits he will ‘never’ implement Ajax style of play at Manchester United
The Dutchman joined United from Ajax in April 2022, though his contract started four months later.
After spells with Jose Mourinho, Louis van Gaal and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, United wanted to hire a manager with a forward-thinking philosophy to play on the front foot.
Ten Hag enjoyed an impressive debut campaign at Old Trafford, where he blended the philosophy that saw him succeed at Ajax with United’s traditional counter-attacking style.
However, the Dutchman was expected to be firmer in his approach this season following the signings of Andre Onana, Mason Mount and Rasmus Hojlund.
But, if anything, United look further away from the type of team that many expected Ten Hag to produce.
And the Dutchman has explained why he will ‘never’ introduce an Ajax style of play at Old Trafford.
Asked when he could introduce that style of play, Ten Hag said: ‘Never. We will never play that football. Because those were different players.
‘This is also not why I came here. We are playing different football than I showed at Ajax because I have to, because I can’t play the same way.”
‘The players decide how you play. Ajax has a very typical and characteristic style of play, with Manchester United I will always show different football, I did so last year as well.
‘We play much more direct football here because I have the players for that here.’
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