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Manchester United confirm appointment of Mitchell Van der Gaag and Steve McClaren

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

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

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

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

Manchester United confirm appointment of Mitchell Van der Gaag and

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

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

McClaren returns to Old Trafford more than two decades after serving as assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson in United’s treble-winning season.

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

“I thought I worked hard until I met Erik,” McClaren said recently. ‘His great strength lies not only in his attention to detail and organization.

‘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 expected to be officially unveiled as United's new manager at a news conference on Monday.

Ten Hag is expected to be officially unveiled as United’s new manager at a news conference on Monday.

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