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Manchester United: Danny Mills makes Erik ten Hag claim

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Former England international Danny Mills has made a claim on Manchester United’s attempts to bring Erik ten Hag to Old Trafford, Football Insider report.

The Lowdown: Ten Hag’s demands

The Red Devils appeared to be closing in on Ten Hag’s services last week, with reports suggesting a move was gathering pace.

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However, Fabrizio Romano revealed the Dutchman has demanded to be 100% involved when it comes to new signings, outgoings and fresh contracts and believes that is now a ‘key point’ when it comes to a United rebuild.

A move doesn’t appear to be set in stone just yet, even though United have apparently already discussed compensation with Ajax and how to deal with a formal announcement.

The Latest: Mills’ comments

Mills, former Manchester City defender who now contributes for Sky Sports, was talking to FI about United and Ten Hag, admitting he’s heard news ‘out of Holland’ which have said it’s not a formality just yet.

He also added that Ten Hag would make ‘significant changes to the playing staff’, should he be given control at Old Trafford.

“There are one or two reports out of Holland saying it’s not done and dusted.

“Ten Hag has got one or two reservations, he wants to make sure that he’s got everything he wants.

“He will have looked at what has happened in the past and has clearly spoken with Louis van Gaal as well. He’s under no illusions and wants to make sure everything is absolutely right.

“I remember speaking to Gareth Southgate when he was offered the England job and it’s similar. It’s a great position but he was going to go into it with everything that he wanted to make sure it could be a success.

“Ten Hag will be the same. If you go back and look at his career, at the early days at Ajax players weren’t too sure.

“He wants to be on the training ground day in, day out. He doesn’t want to deal with the media and the transfers, that’s not his job.

“To allow that, his philosophy of making players better, educating young players and giving them belief, that takes a bit of time.

“He’ll want assurances on changes he can make to personal and staff, on a budget, on who the director of football is.

“If he does come in, there will be significant changes to the playing staff.”

The Verdict: Next few weeks key…

The longer the Ten Hag saga goes on, the more chance a move could fall through, so securing an agreement before the end of the season seems key.

The last thing United chiefs will want to be doing is eating into precious time ahead of a summer reset at Old Trafford, so hopefully, the club and Ten Hag can agree on terms before the last game of the Premier League season on May 22.

The Red Devils may not be able to offer Champions League football to the 52-year-old, especially after Saturday’s defeat to Everton, something which hopefully won’t prove to be a deal-breaker.

In other news: ‘Shock approach…’ – Sky Sports now relay big Manchester United news from Old Trafford. 

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