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Man Utd confirm Mitchell van der Gaag & Steve McClaren as Erik ten Hag assistants

Scott Saunders
Ten Hag will take his right hand man with him to Old Trafford
Ten Hag will take his right hand man with him to Old Trafford / Soccrates Images/GettyImages
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Manchester United have confirmed the appointments of Mitchell van der Gaag and Steve McClaren as assistant managers to incoming boss Erik ten Hag.

Ten Hag will assume his role as new manager of United on Monday after leaving his role at Ajax at the end of their Eredivisie campaign - which turned out to be a successful one as Ajax won the league title.

Van der Gaag, who was Ten Hag's assistant at Ajax, and McClaren, a former assistant manager to Sir Alex Ferguson and manager of Ten Hag at FC Twente, were spotted alongside United's new boss in the stands for Sunday's 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace. United finished sixth in the Premier League, and have qualified for the Europa League as a result.

90min has reported for a number of weeks that the two would be put in place and official confirmation has now come as United look ahead to a busy summer of upheaval. Ten Hag will hold his first press conference at midday on Monday.

An official club statement said: "Manchester United is delighted to announce the appointment of Mitchell van der Gaag and Steve McClaren as Erik ten Hag’s assistant coaches, as the new manager’s backroom team takes shape.

"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.

"Van der Gaag's appointment is subject to Governing Body Endorsement from the FA and a UK visa. He has spent the last year as Ten Hag’s assistant at Ajax, having previously enjoyed a two-year spell in charge of the Amsterdam club’s reserve side. His playing career included experience of British football, with two years in the Scottish top flight with Motherwell."

Announcements on player departures are expected to follow in the coming days, with as many as six first team players out of contract at the end of June.

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