Erik ten Hag says Manchester United have raised the bar with two summer appointments

Erik ten Hag has given his first interview of the new seasonErik ten Hag has given his first interview of the new season
Erik ten Hag has given his first interview of the new season | MUTV
Man Utd manager Erik ten Hag has been speaking to club media for the first time since the return to pre-season.

Erik ten Hag says Manchester United have already ‘raised the bar’ with the appointments of Dan Ashworth and Jason Wilcox.

The Ineos Group have overhauled the football department at Old Trafford, with a number of changes to the sporting hierarchy, including the appointment of sporting director Ashworth and technical director Wilcox.

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Ashworth will report to Omar Berrada when he officially begins work as the club’s new chief executive this Saturday, and has been tasked with leading all football departments, including all technical, performance and operations areas.

Wilcox will himself report to Ashworth and will work in partnership with Ten Hag and coaches to implement a clear game model and lead on all men’s first team player recruitment.

Ten Hag will also be backed with a revamped coaching set-up that will see Ruud van Nistelrooy and Rene Hake announced as his new assistants later this week, and the United manager is delighted with the changes that have been happening at the club.

“With the new ownership coming in, they can help us, they are very supportive,” he told MUTV. “We made our process and and that's what we constructed across the summer. We are in a very good position, in a very strong position to go into attack.

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Quizzed on Ashworth and Wilcox, he added: “We are so pleased. Around the football, around the first-team, we have a strong structure that will help us. They are really supportive. They will help us in many ways. Like in scouting, recruitment, medical and performance. They will be so supportive that they will raise the bar.”

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