Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag is looking forward to being reunited with Donny van de Beek.
The midfielder was part of Ten Hag’s Ajax team that reached the 2018/19 Champions League semi-finals before switching to the Reds in 2020.
He was however shipped out on loan to Everton at the start of the just-concluded Premier League season having struggled for game-time at Old Trafford.
When asked at his first press conference if he was keen to see his fellow countryman again, Ten Hag replied:
“Yes, of course, we had a fantastic squad in that time in Ajax.
“I really had a good relationship with him and, of course, I’m looking forward to meeting him again on the pitch.”
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The Dutchman was also asked if he was looking forward to working with Ronaldo, he replied;
“Of course,” Erik smiled. When asked what last term’s leading scorer can bring, the boss laughed: “Ronaldo? Goals!” He then stressed he would go over his plans with the Portugal international soon.
“I talk first with Ronaldo before I talk with you,” he asserted.
The 52-year-old is also keen on working with club captain Harry Maguire, who has been under criticism in recent months.
“I have to repeat that next season is a different season but I think he did a great job,” said the manager. “He’s a great player, he’s achieved already a lot really also [with his] contribution to Manchester United. So I’m looking forward to working with him.”
Man United are set to resume pre-season training on June 27, 2022 in preparation for the new season.