Erik ten Hag confirms WhatsApp messages from Man United players, reacts to pundits opinions

Erik ten Hag confirms WhatsApp messages from Man United players, reacts to pundits opinions

Incoming Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has confirmed that some Man United players have already sent him welcome messages via WhatsApp.

Ten Hag will arrive at Manchester on Monday in a bid to start early preparations for his new managerial job at Old Trafford.

Ahead of his early arrival, the 52-year-old has confirmed that he has received messages from United’s current players, which indicates that they are relishing the prospect of working with him.

Ten Hag told Telesport: “I have received a few WhatsApp messages from some of the [Manchester United] players: ‘Welcome to the club’.”

The Dutchman, who is expected to be in attendance at Selhurst Park next weekend for Manchester United’s last game of the season, also confirms that he snubbed other clubs in order to work at the Theatre of Dreams.

Erik ten Hag continued via Mike Verweij: “I had choices to work at a different club than Manchester United, with a better foundation.

“But I chose Manchester United. Things have to get addressed there and that’s a challenge. The club and me are on the same wavelength about how I want to do this.”

Erik ten Hag confirms WhatsApp messages from Manchester United players
Erik ten Hag confirms WhatsApp messages from Manchester United players

Former Manchester United players, including the likes of Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, Rio Ferdinand and Roy Keane have been critical of the club in recent seasons, which has also affected the club’s performances.

Ten Hag admits their opinions have the potential to affect the team but warns that he has enough room to ensure their comments don’t deter United’s dressing room.

“This has influence,” Erik ten Hag said when asked about former Man United players and their critics. “But it can’t influence our dressing room.

“Maybe the criticism is bigger over there because the Premier League is much bigger. Fortunately I have a lot of baggage to cope with this.”