Sir Alex Ferguson keeps it brief as he gives verdict on Man Utd hiring Ten Hag

Legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson kept it brief as he gave his first verdict on the club's appointment of Erik ten Hag.

The Red Devils confirmed last Thursday that Ten Hag will take over as the club's new permanent boss in the summer, with interim manager Ralf Rangnick set to move into an advisory role at Old Trafford. Ferguson has now broken his silence on the appointment, wishing Ten Hag well as he looks to end the club's long wait for a league title.

United have not won the league since Ferguson retired in 2013 and are about to end a fifth-straight season without a single trophy.

During an interview as the owner of race horse Clan des Obeaux, Ferguson told RTE Racing, via The Mirror: “I hope he does well, the club needs someone to get in control and I hope he does well.”

Ferguson took a seat on the club's board after leaving his role as manager in 2013, fresh off the back of winning his 13th Premier League title, but he took a back seat in the search for the club's latest new gaffer.

Instead, football director John Murtough took control of the search for a replacement following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's dismissal and he is confident Ten Hag can bring success back to Old Trafford.

Speaking after the appointment, Murtough explained: “During the past four years at Ajax, Erik has proved himself to be one of the most exciting and successful coaches in Europe, renowned for his team’s attractive, attacking football and commitment to youth.

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“In our conversations with Erik leading up to this appointment, we were deeply impressed with his long-term vision for returning Manchester United to the level we want to be competing at, and his drive and determination to achieve that.

“We wish Erik the best of luck as he focuses on achieving a successful end to the season at Ajax and look forward to welcoming him to Manchester United this summer.”

Ten Hag won league and cup doubles in each of his first two full seasons in charge of Ajax and is currently on course to win the Eredivisie for a third time this season.

Ajax are currently four points clear of second place PSV at the top of the table with just four matches remaining of the campaign.

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