Manchester United confirm appointment of Mitchell Van der Gaag and Steve McClaren
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Manchester United confirm appointment of Mitchell Van der Gaag and Steve McClaren as Erik ten Hag’s new backroom staff, with the boss set to be unveiled today ahead of major rebuild to revive Old Trafford fortunes

  • Erik ten Hag has added Van der Gaag and Steve McClaren to his backroom team
  • Van der Gaag worked as Ten Hag’s assistant at Ajax and the pair won three titles
  • McClaren returns to United more than two decades after working under Sir Alex Ferguson 

Manchester United have added Mitchell Van der Gaag and Steve McClaren to the backroom team at Old Trafford following Erik ten Hag’s appointment as manager.

Van der Gaag worked as Ten Hag’s assistant at Ajax where the two men won three Dutch titles together.

Ten Hag was McClaren’s No.2 at FC Twente and was adamant the former England manager joined him at United to offer advice on the club and English football in general.

Mitchell Van der Gaag worked as Erik ten Hag’s assistant at Ajax and the pair won three titles

Ten Hag, Van der Gaag and Steve McClaren watched United’s 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace

McClaren returns to Old Trafford more than two decades after he served as Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant in United’s Treble winning season.

Van der Gaag and McClaren watched United’s 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace on Sunday alongside Ten Hag, who begins work at his new club today.

‘I thought I worked hard until I met Erik,’ said McClaren recently. ‘His great strength lies not just in his attention to detail and organisation. 

‘He has a clear philosophy of how he wants to play football; the environment he wants to create.’

In a statement announcing the appointments, United said: ‘Welcome to United, Mitchell… and welcome back, Steve!’

More to follow. 

Ten Hag is due to be officially unveiled as United's new manager at a press conference on Monday

Ten Hag is due to be officially unveiled as United’s new manager at a press conference on Monday

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