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McClaren details Man Utd strategy meeting with Ten Hag, Murtough

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Steve McClaren has likened new Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag to Sir Alex Ferguson.

Not only did McClaren spend time at United previously under the legendary Scot, he has also worked alongside Ten Hag in the Netherlands with FC Twente.

McClaren will be part of Ten Hag’s coaching team and said on the McClaren Performance podcast: “The last seven days have epitomised his attention to details, all the planning which he wants to get right.

“And that’s from the day after he won the championship with Ajax, he’s on to the next thing; a little bit like Sir Alex Ferguson used to do. But we just want to support Erik and make him successful and, if he is, then the team is.”

McClaren added: “Erik finished his last game [at Ajax], came to London where I met him and Mitchell [van der Gaag] and John Murtough and together we spent five or six days including [Monday] with the press. So we have spent the last week working.

“The work ethic and the attention to detail has just been exemplified in the last seven days where he’s practically met every member of staff who he is going to work very closely with and in detail has worked out the plan – what each person’s job is.

“It’s not just exciting going back to Manchester United, it’s exciting working with Erik again. And after a week with Mitchell, a very, very good coach, and hopefully together, along with the staff and John Murtough also has been a fantastic help in the process, we can begin middle of June when [the] players come back.

“It’s a new beginning. I know Erik is looking forward to it and I certainly am. It was great to catch up with him over the last seven days and bond again and hopefully make a great team off the field that will, ultimately, produce one on the field.”

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