Erik ten Hag can’t help but smile at Man Utd fans’ chant for incoming boss

Incoming boss Erik ten Hag was left with a wry smile after being lauded with a new chant from the Manchester United faithful.

Ten Hag, 52, claimed a third Eredivisie title with Ajax on Sunday but has already arrived in Manchester to take the reins at United – though interim manager Ralf Rangnick will be in the dugout for the season finale against Crystal Palace.

The Dutchman may still be yet to install his philosophy in the dressing room, but it appears he has already gained more than a few avid admirers. United supporters wasted no time in creating a new chant for their new manager and Ten Hag is clearly a fan.

Shown to him live on Dutch TV, Man Utd fans were filmed counting up from 'one Hag' to 'ten Hag' before going berserk when reaching double figures. Presenters on Ziggo Sport could then be heard bursting out with laughter whilst Ten Hag displayed his appreciation with a wry smile – though it might be met with further admiration on Sunday.

The Dutchman is expected to be in attendance at Selhurst Park when the Red Devils will finally bring the curtain down on a dismal campaign. United will set a new record for their lowest points tally in a Premier League season after the full-time whistle, and supporters have expressed their eagerness for Ten Hag's summer exodus.

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Serial underperformer Paul Pogba is set to depart for Juventus when his contract expires at the end of the season whilst United will also wave goodbye to Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic, who have all been refused new deals.

Ten Hag is keen to utilise out of form Marcus Rashford and star man Cristiano Ronaldo but the lack of Champions League football will cause predicaments with their transfer strategy.

After Ajax's final game of the season, Ten Hag said: "Tomorrow there will be a party with the [Ajax] staff, but I am not going to Curacao. I think that’s understandable. There is a lot of work to do [at United]. A number of things still need to be organised in terms of the staff and also in the squad. We will be working intensively on that from tomorrow."

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