Ruud van Nistelrooy’s arrival at Manchester United should help Erik ten Hag find more success – it shows he still has backing…

The Dutchmen leading United could work well together and get United firing once again...

Ruud van Nistelrooy’s return to Manchester United this summer could be a sign that Erik ten Hag is still winning in his survival attempt as the United manager. Since the 2023/24 season started to come a close, rumours were rife about the potential sacking of the Dutchman.

With Ten Hag surviving the ruthless campaign of the journalists who wanted to see yet another United manager sacked shows that new minority stake holder Sir Jim Ratcliffe still has faith in the Dutchman with it being reported that Ten Hag will get a new contract at the club.

Van Nistelrooy left the Old Trafford club as a player back in 2006, 18 years ago – it was not a good separation after a fallout with Sir Alex Ferguson, who was the manager of the Old Trafford club at that time. He had been speaking to Burnley about their vacant managerial position too.

But his return to Old Trafford will be seen as just another positive for Ten Hag and United. The Dutchman has experience of management, joining PSV’s academy over a decade ago and working his way up to the manager of the first team – which lasted just over a season.

Ten Hag has seen some of his powers as the manager of United ebbed away with recruitment and the system the team will play now being controlled by the hierarchy of the club, which is a better idea as United need a system that works and a recruitment system that brings in the right players.

That sort of thing could take the pressure off Ten Hag allowing him to manage the team and not take the flack for systems that do not work – but that said, United under this new footballing control, will seek the players for the system, which is the best thing that could happen.

Van Nistelrooy’s experience as both a coach and a manager will come in handy for Ten Hag as he clearly needs the assistance at the management level. It also gives him time to reassess his squad and get things sorted prior to the new season commencing. This should be a good appointment.

United need to start by challenging in the Premier League – it is great that they have won the Carabao Cup and the Emirates FA Cup in the last two seasons but the bigger trophies mean more to get United on the road to success once again. I have faith in these Dutchmen to deliver.

Written by Paul


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