English giants Manchester United has appointed Mitchell van der Gaag and Steve McClaren as Erik ten Hag’s assistant coaches.
The trio was in attendance to watch the club’s final game of the season where they lost to Crystal Palace; a show that gave them an indication of what they needed to sort out in the summer before the start of a new campaign.
A statement from United noted: “Manchester United is delighted to announce the appointment of Mitchell van der Gaag and Steve McClaren as Erik ten Hag’s assistant coaches, as the new manager’s backroom team takes shape.
“Van der Gaag and McClaren, who were in attendance at United’s final game of the season at Crystal Palace, have enjoyed highly successful spells alongside Ten Hag, and both bring a wealth of European experience and hands-on coaching expertise to United.”
Van der Gaag who spent the last year as Ten Hag’s assistant at Ajax has his appointment subject to Governing Body Endorsement from the FA and a UK visa. He previously enjoyed a two-year spell in charge of the Amsterdam club’s reserve side. His playing career included the experience of British football, with two years in the Scottish top flight with Motherwell.
McClaren was by Sir Alex Ferguson’s side for the conclusion of the glorious Treble campaign, and United won the Premier League in each of McClaren’s three seasons as Sir Alex’s assistant manager.