The former Manchester United treble winner Jaap Stam believes Erik ten Hag has what it takes to prevail on the membership, equipped they again their new supervisor within the switch marketplace.
Ten Hag is the most recent in an illustrious line of Dutchmen to were hired by means of United, together with avid gamers reminiscent of Stam, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Edwin van der Sar and Robin van Persie. United’s simplest earlier Dutch supervisor, Louis van Gaal, skilled blended fortunes, sacked after two seasons however having gained an FA Cup and given debuts to Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard. Stam is assured Ten Hag can thrive with the correct toughen.
“We all know what he can do and what he has done over in Holland with Ajax,” Stam stated. “Hopefully he can do the same now with United. Obviously, there are certain things that will need to be there for him to help him, maybe in terms of different players and personnel. But I think he’s done a good job in Holland.”
Stam, who gained Premier League titles in each and every of his 3 seasons with United sooner than being controversially bought to Lazio in 2001, thinks Ten Hag would possibly stumble upon cultural variations over how his new membership handles recruitment, judging by means of what the previous centre-back discovered whilst enjoying beneath Sir Alex Ferguson.
“In Holland, we always say that every player in every position needs to be able to play football,” he stated. “So a centre-back needs to be able to dribble forward, to be the extra man in midfield, to have that pass. We try to educate players to be able to do everything.
“At United, one of Fergie’s qualities was bringing players in of a certain ability who could do things well in their position; then if they go well together, you’ve got a chance of doing very well. He got the right players for the right positions.”
Early in his personal managerial occupation, Stam guided Reading to the 2016-17 Championship playoff ultimate, dropping on consequences to Huddersfield. But the 49-year-old has been out of labor since being sacked by means of Cincinnati in September closing yr, after 4 months on the Major League Soccer facet.
Stam performed beneath one of the international’s maximum honored managers, together with Guus Hiddink, Van Gaal, Roberto Mancini, Carlo Ancelotti and Ferguson. He has prior to now admitted to being open to an Old Trafford go back as a trainer.
“When you go into coaching, you’re always thinking about the coaches that you’ve had in the past and the managers,” stated Stam, who performed for United in opposition to Liverpool in a Legends of the North fit at Old Trafford closing month to learn the membership’s charitable arm, the Manchester United Foundation. “You can even learn a lot from the managers you’ve had where the relationship wasn’t good. It can help you with how to approach players in general. I think that’s very important.
“But I’m not the type of person who’s going to copy things from previous managers I’ve had and use that for my own benefit. That’s not how I am and I don’t think it’s a good thing. I’m not saying that there aren’t certain things you can use, but you don’t need to be a copy of somebody else. You need to have your own way of playing and your own style of being a manager.
“When you go into management at a certain level, it’s not only about teaching players how to play or how to kick a ball. It’s also how you need to address them, how you need to approach them and how you get them to see your vision so they believe in it and believe in you and are willing to work hard for you.”