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Erik ten Hag was guarded in his first press conference as Manchester United manager

Erik ten Hag was sheltered in his first press conference as Man United manager and kept his cards close to his chest: the body language expert claims the Dutchman lacked precision, suggesting his plan for the club has not been realized. fully resolved.

  • Erik ten Hag gave his first press conference as United manager on Monday
  • The 52-year-old Dutchman has officially started his new role at Old Trafford.
  • Ten Hag has succeeded caretaker boss Ralf Rangnick in United’s hot seat
  • A body language expert has broken down your mannerisms from your presentation.

Erik ten Hag appeared in front of the media for the first time as Manchester United manager on Monday.

The 52-year-old Dutchman started brightly, shaking hands with United correspondents, but gradually became more cautious when answering questions about the future direction of the club and his plans for the future.

Here, expert JUDI JAMES looks at what we can learn about Ten Hag from his debut in the hot seat at Old Trafford.

Erik ten Hag has appeared before the media for the first time as manager of Manchester United

Erik ten Hag has appeared before the media for the first time as manager of Manchester United

The 52-year-old has been officially unveiled as the mammoth task begins at Old Trafford.

The 52-year-old has been officially unveiled as the mammoth task begins at Old Trafford.

Ten Hag’s arrival at the press conference suggests that he is fully aware of attribution bias, that is, how much first impressions count. Other outings have shown him as a fairly low-key, low-energy interviewee who uses shrugs and continuous head shakes from side to side to lessen any thoughts of drama or even defiance, but here he arrives in full swagger mode, spinning around shaking. . hands with individual members of the press and waving to the cameras like an affable B-list celebrity.

Her posture suggests energy, drive, and enthusiasm with her new post, but some of that drive and enthusiasm begins to evaporate from her body language as she answers questions.

His first pose retains a sense of control of the situation. His charisma looks almost theatrical as he raises his right hand like a magician and says ‘I want to achieve success’. This rather obvious statement is followed by a clamp on the mouth and a brief nod to suggest that he is in firm control of the meeting and the fate of his new club.

Ten Hag's arrival in front of the press suggests that he is aware of how much first impressions count.

Ten Hag’s arrival in front of the press suggests that he is aware of how much first impressions count.

However, when asked how he will produce the magic, his responses and body language become less confident. He says ‘I have a good feeling about the people around me’, suggesting someone who works with emotions and gut reactions rather than forensic planning.

His cards get closer to his chest when it comes to his plan. He returns to the plural ‘We’, as in ‘we have a plan’ and there is a lack of precision in the following comments from him.

Just over two minutes later, he says ‘the plan is huge’, shaking his head as he waves his arms, starting high on either side of his head. This method of mimicking measurement also appears to lack precision and suggests work in progress rather than something concise and detailed.

Shortly after, his left hand is waving in circles, again suggesting a lack of precision and clarity. He then he raises his hand at chest level with the back of his hand facing the cameras, suggesting a barrier ritual that would really imply that he’s keeping things close to his chest.

But he became less certain when he was pressed for details on how he will bring the magic to United.

But he became less certain when he was pressed for details on how he will bring the magic to United.

There were many examples of Ten Hag holding his cards close to his chest.

There were many examples of Ten Hag holding his cards close to his chest.

Three and a half minutes into the press conference, he begins to use counting gestures with his thumb and two of his fingers to make his points, which would suggest greater precision when talking about his action stages, though his mouth twitches. shoulders to lessen the importance of those points.

When he says ‘we have a strategy’, he comes with another left hand raised in a greeting gesture and more shrug.

Obviously, all this vagueness or even caution could be due to a desire not to give too much away to his rival clubs, but at the same time he seems very keen to communicate, not crouching down as usual, with his head down and his head down. tone of other managers who have preferred to keep his plans to himself. The suggestion of that could be that the plan is possibly still in progress.

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