Before the start of the new season, Erik ten Hag will be in command of Manchester United.
Retired Manchester United striker Quinton Fortune believes that the club’s success can only be achieved by establishing a positive atmosphere, citing Sir Alex Ferguson’s time as manager.
Since announcing his appointment as Manchester United’s new manager less than two weeks ago, Ten Hag, who is 52 years old, has been in the spotlight. New dawn at Old Trafford will be overseen by Ajax manager Louis van Gaal, who was United’s preferred option to replace Ralf Rangnick.
After a dismal season, Louis van Gaal has the daunting task of reviving Manchester United’s reputation as a club to be proud of. Big adjustments need to be made to the first-team roster and the mentality and application of the players must be addressed.
Fortune, a former Red who played under Ferguson from 1999 to 2006, has firsthand knowledge of what it takes to make United a successful team. The Scot’s time was studded with trophies, and Fortune attributed United’s success to his ability to manage people well and his willingness to get to know everyone well.
The Athletic quotes Fortune as saying that “Sir Alex’s alertness and quickness jumped out, like nothing I had ever seen.” “He knew everyone’s name and appreciated each individual.
“I was awestruck by his ability to manage men and lead his squad. When he spoke, his words made you want to slam into walls.
“To the point where you couldn’t wait for the game to begin and give all you had for him, he had an emotional impact on you. He once said something to the effect that we should be grateful to our parents for the sacrifices they made for us.
“As a result of all we’ve covered thus far, I was taken aback when someone pulled those levers with me. Because of my grandparents and parents, I’m sitting in a changing room at Old Trafford, which is a dream come true for me, but it’s also a reminder of the sacrifices they made for me to be here.
“Those who strayed from the path of humility were immediately brought back down. It was fantastic to see so much rivalry, so much hunger.”
It is unlikely that any manager will ever be able to match Ferguson’s Old Trafford success, but Fortune has described how Ten Hag can lay the groundwork to help United get back on track. For him, it’s all about creating a positive work atmosphere and cultivating a strong team spirit.
As luck would have it, “He needs to find a way for them to work together and find happy players, and get those relationships back on track with Erik ten Hag’s arrival. A new beginning, a clean sheet, a new style of play, but also an understanding of Manchester United’s forward-thinking aggressive football.
“As long as Ten Hag gets this, the most essential thing is to reestablish the team’s culture, the harmony between staff and players as well as create a great atmosphere for the spectators. Because of the negativity that has surrounded Manchester United over the previous few months and even years, it’s not an easy task, but if you project optimism, the players will be delighted to come to training and the supporters will pick that up from the players, effort, and enthusiasm.”