Erik ten Hag had a warning for his Premier League rivals Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp as he was unveiled as the new Manchester United manager on Monday afternoon.
The Dutchman, who replaces Ralf Rangnick as the club’s first-team coach, held a press conference at Old Trafford to mark the start of his new role at Old Trafford.
United finished the 2021/22 season 35 points off leaders Manchester City and Ten Hag will be hoping to reduce that gap next season, despite Liverpool and City currently so far ahead of the Red Devils on and off the pitch.
But speaking on Monday, Ten Hag warned ‘eras come to an end’ when he was asked whether United and the other challengers will have to wait for Guardiola and Klopp to leave the Premier League before any other side have a shot at claiming top spot in the division.
“In this moment, I admire them both. They play really fantastic football, Liverpool and Man City. But you always see that an era can come to an end,” said the 52-year-old.
“I am looking forward to battling them and I’m sure all the other clubs in the Premier League will want do that.”
Ten Hag was also asked whether he feels United can compete with the likes of City and Liverpool next season, but offered a coy response.
“I don’t think about that in this moment,” he replied. “This is a project and it takes time, but I know in this club, and I have the experience with other clubs like Ajax and Bayern Munich, in that it is never [a long] time, but we want to win every game. We go from game to game and we will see.”
ManchesterWorld will bring you further reaction from Ten Hag’s press conference, with a breakdown of all the major talking points from his media debut.