Manchester United officials reportedly “took a few days to digest” Erik ten Hag’s brutal assessment of the club’s current set-up

Erik ten Hag is the name on everyone associated with Manchester United‘s lips at the moment. The Dutchman is set to become United’s next permanent manager as interim Ralf Rangnick completes his short-term agreement at the helm of the squad.

Ten Hag was ultimately chosen from a shortlist of four candidates consisting of himself, Mauricio Pochettino, Luis Enrique and Julen Lopetegui. Club football director John Murtough conducted interviews with all four managers before ultimately settling on Ten Hag as the man they needed… and according to Neil Custis, Ten Hag’s interview was quite the roller coaster.

When interviewing Erik ten Hag, Murtough and Darren Fletcher decided to fly to the Netherlands to conduct it, and according to Custis, the pair of them flew back to Manchester in “complete shock” after Ten Hag laid bare exactly what he feels is wrong with United.

According to one high-placed Old Trafford source, the interview “was like United were being interviewed by Ten Hag rather than the other way round.”

Fletcher and Murtough, during these interviews, wanted to guage each candidate’s thoughts on the current set up of the club and what they would change to improve it, and Ten Hag is said to have “ripped the United set-up apart,” criticising mainly the scouting and recruitment policy.

Apparently, Ten Hag’s interview was such a shock that United officials initially took a few days to digest what he told them, but concluded that, rather than be put out, they were impressed by his frank assessment and his vision for the club.

The clubs have faith, however, that Ten Hag can get the best out of what is already a talented, if under-performing, squad.

United fans share the same faith too. Erik ten Hag has been painted online as the “saviour” of the club – the one to rip up the blueprint of Manchester United and start it from scratch.

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