Rik ten Hag chose Manchester United despite the possibility of becoming manager of another club with “better foundations”, he has revealed.
Several teams have been linked with the Dutch boss in recent years, but he left Ajax to start working at Old Trafford on Monday.
Before settling into his new job, Ten Hag confirmed he rejected the chance to manage a better-placed club before choosing United due to the challenge of the role and his agreement with the club’s board. club on how to deal with it.
“I was lucky enough to work at another club, with better bases,” Ten Hag told De Telegraaf.
“But I chose United. Things have to be sorted out there and that’s a challenge. The club and I are on the same page about how I want to do this.
Ten Hag is confident he can handle the “fiercer” spotlight that will come upon him as United manager.
“It has an impact, but it should never have an influence in the dressing room,” he noted when asked if outside forces had a say in the team.
“Maybe the criticism is fiercer there. The club just has a bigger fanbase and a bigger reach than Ajax because England is a lot bigger, the Premier League is a lot bigger and basically everything is a lot bigger.
“Compared to the Netherlands, it’s a factor of two, three, four or maybe even more. Fortunately, I have more and more baggage on how to deal with certain forces.