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Ten Hag warns Man United players as new assistants are confirmed

NEW Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has told his players that he will not tolerate any laziness under his watch.

The 52-year-old Dutchman was in attendance at Selhurst Park yesterday, watching from the stands as the team limped to yet another embarrassing defeat.

United lost 1-0 to Crystal Palace, their first Premier League defeat at Selhurst Park ever, and finished the campaign in sixth place with a goals difference of zero, their worst in decades.

“I have high expectations from myself and that is also what I demand from my squad,” Ten Hag, who won three Eredivisie titles with Ajax, said in his first interview with Manchester United media published today.

“They have to co-operate together and they have to give every day their best. And I would say, for me, good is not good enough. We have to do better.”

Ten Hag insisted that anything less than total commitment from his players would not be acceptable.

“Always. Everywhere I was in my career, I have high demands on my players,” he added.

“I expect them to fight and give 100 per cent.

“They have to be unified, to form a team, and to battle the opponent.”

Meanwhile, the club confirmed the appointment of Ten Hag’s assistants today.

The Dutchman will work with his countryman Mitchell van der Gaag and Englishman Steve McCLaren.

“Van der Gaag and McClaren, who were in attendance at United’s final game of the season at Crystal Palace, have enjoyed highly successful spells alongside Ten Hag, and both bring a wealth of European experience and hands-on coaching expertise to United,” the club said in a statement on their official website.

Van der Gaag was made Ten Hag’s assistant at Ajax last year after a two-year spell in charge of the Amsterdam club’s reserve side.

The 50-year-old spent some of his active playing years as a central defender in Scotland with Motherwell. He also featured for PSV Eindhoven, NEC, Sparta Rotterdam, Utrecht and Maritimo in Portugal, where he began his coaching career after retiring in 2007.

On his part, McClaren is returning to United after working as Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant in the 1990s and early 2000s, including in 1999 when the club won the Premier League, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League treble.

He left Old Trafford in 2001 to take up his first managerial role at Middlesbrough and led them to their first ever major honour – the 2004 League Cup.

He also took Boro to the UEFA Cup final in 2006 before leaving to become England’s head coach. He had a torrid spell as England coach as they failed to qualify for the 2008 European Championship, and he was fired in November 2007.

He has since worked with Twente, who he led to their first-ever Dutch Eredivisie title in 2010 with Ten Hag as his assistant, Wolfsburg, Nottingham Forest, Derby County and Newcastle United.

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