Ten Hag says maybe he took a risk with Man Utd job

Dutch tactician Erik ten Hag says stubbornness saw him accept the Manchester United job despite knowing that the move “maybe was a risk”.

He expressed his love for the club and desire to make his own history after guiding United to their first trophy in six years by beating Newcastle 2-0 in the Carabao Cup final, just seven months into his debut season after quickly turning their form around following a worrying start.

“Maybe it was a risk [to take this job] but I am a little bit stubborn. I just love United,” he said. “When I see our shirts, when I see the boundary with the fans, when I see Old Trafford, when I see the legacy Sir Alex [Ferguson] left and so many big players that were developed in United teams it makes a big impression.

“We want to do the same, this team wants to make its own history and its own legacy. When this opportunity came I thought this was the right club for me.

“Silverware shows you are on a good pathway, a good direction,” said Ten Hag. “It’s one cup and it’s February but it shows we are [going] in the right direction.

“This has to be the inspiration, the motivation to keep going on this pathway and improve. Be happy for 24 hours but not satisfied because that leads to laziness. When you become lazy you don’t win any more games and you can’t win trophies.”

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