Manchester United played Crystal Palace on the final day of last season and Erik ten Hag was at Selhurst Park to watch the match.
Young fans rushed to get a glimpse of the Ten Hag upon arrival his arrival at the stadium and a Sky Sports reporter was equally desperate to speak to him after the full-time whistle. The reporter followed Ten Hag into the car park after the game and was told to keep his distance by security. He felt aggrieved and said: “It doesn’t look good being manhandled by security, Erik.”
The reporter then took to social media after that incident to post a picture of him alongside Louis van Gaal from when the Netherlands national team boss was appointed at Old Trafford in 2014. The post was intended to show Ten Hag ‘how Manchester United’s manager should act’.
Although the social media post directed at Ten Hag was inadvisable, some online argued in favour of the reporter, suggesting that it wasn’t much of an ask to give a few words in response, which led to questions about the type of character the Dutchman is.
The journalists in Amsterdam who covered Ten Hag’s time in Ajax had warned he was quiet and introverted in his press conferences ahead of his arrival at Old Trafford, which led some to believe he would find it difficult to build relationships with his new players.
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