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Why Erik ten Hag is ‘very different’ to other coaches

Scott McTominay has been explaining what makes Erik ten Hag different to other coaches.

Erik ten Hag took charge of Manchester United last summer after a successful spell with Ajax, which included reaching the semi-final of the Champions League.

The Dutchman enjoyed a solid debut season in England. Despite the end of the season being marred by injuries to some big names, Man United still won the League Cup – their first trophy since 2017. They also reach the FA Cup final and secured Champions League football.

United still have a long way to go if they are to reach the level of Manchester City, but Scott McTominay has been full of praise for his current boss as he attempts to take the Red Devils to the next level.

Speaking about Ten Hag and what makes him so different to other coaches, the Scotsman said:

“Obviously, the transition in terms of his style is very, very different to some other coaches, but, as I say, that’s football,” he stated.

“He’s always having you thinking, and having you think about new ideas and stuff like that. It’s good, that’s the best way to be with football: Open-minded and going into every game, if he asks you to do something, you do it to the best of your abilities and you try to learn it as best as you can. I think, for me, it’s great. I love it.”

“Every goal that you score is special but, like you say, I should score more goals than I do,” he added. “I do get into good positions and I can shoot left foot and right foot, which, obviously, I’m confident to do.

“I feel like the more opportunities you get to play, the more that can come out. When you’re on your holidays, you need to relax and take it easy, but I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. I’m someone who loves football and I love this club.

“Whatever happens and however many minutes you play, I’m still going to train hard every single day and give my best for the team and always be there, contribute with some goals every now and again, maybe when you come on, but I feel like, for myself, it’s keep your head down and keep working.”

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