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Erik ten Hag, Manchester United’s new coach, is reportedly planning to bring Steve McClaren back to Old Trafford as part of his new coaching staff.

Ten Hag was hired as United’s manager on Thursday for a fee of £9 million per year until June 2025, and he will be joined by Mitchell van der Gaag, who worked with him at Ajax when he starts this summer.

Because of his Premier League experience, the 52-year-old wants Sir Alex Ferguson’s former No 2 McClaren on board as well.

Ten Hag, who was McClaren’s No. 2 at Twente while the former England manager was repairing his tarnished reputation in Holland, is adamant that the 60-year-old be brought in.

United denied that they are resisting Ten Hag’s request, saying that they want him to evaluate the club’s current options before making a final decision on McClaren.

Mike Phelan, another former Ferguson No. 2, is in the current squad, as is Chris Armas, who was brought in by interim manager Ralf Rangnick.

The Dutchman has nearly doubled his salary at Ajax after signing a three-year deal worth close to £30 million, with a 12-month extension option on the club’s side.

Ten Hag succeeds Rangnick at the end of the season, having defeated Mauricio Pochettino, the manager of Paris Saint-Germain.

‘It is a great honor to be appointed manager of Manchester United, and I am very much looking forward to the challenge,’ he said.

‘I am absolutely determined to develop a team capable of delivering the success they deserve,’ says the coach. ‘I know the history of this great club and the passion of the fans.’

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