Man United legend identifies Erik Ten Hag, Sir Alex Ferguson similarity

January 12th, 2023 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Manchester United legend Patrice Evra says Erik ten Hag has a similar discipline style to that of former manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Speaking to Betfair, he said: “I spoke to Sir Alex Ferguson after the game against Tottenham and I said to him that Ten Hag is one of the closest managers to him when it comes to discipline.

“Mourinho and Van Gaal had it too but I think Ten Hag is more similar to Sir Alex Ferguson. It’s not about showing he’s the boss.

“The perfect example is with Rashford, he was late to a meeting and he was on the bench, but he came on and scored the winning goal and after the game he was hugging Ten Hag. That’s what I call discipline.

“I feel like all those players know now that if they don’t do the job they won’t play, no matter if they are an international, they know they need to perform on and off the pitch.

“To describe my relationship with Ferguson, I was never scared of him, but I was scared to disappoint him and that’s the difference. I feel like now, the players are scared to disappoint Ten Hag.

“Ten Hag won’t let anything go, he solved the Cristiano Ronaldo matter and trust me, I don’t see any other players there that won’t play for Ten Hag, and he doesn’t have time for that because he doesn’t want to fail. He’s brought the discipline and people don’t feel safe, that’s why they’re performing.

“He’s won their trust, you can see that he loves his players, and he wants the best for them. You can see that when he is telling them something it’s because he wants them to be at their best.”

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