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Veltman: Ten Hag 'perfect match' for Man Utd


Brighton and former Ajax defender Joel Veltman says Erik ten Hag is "the perfect match" for Manchester United, but must be given time to succeed.

Veltman enjoyed a successful two-and-a-half years under the incoming United manager at Ajax, winning the league and cup double in the 2018-19 season as well as reaching the Champions League semi-finals, knocking out Real Madrid and Juventus in the process.

United's critics often point to a lack of a consistent playing style, and Veltman believes Ten Hag will implement a plan that's been missing at Old Trafford.

"I think it's a good choice only because he's tactically really good, and I think that's the most important thing that they need right now," Veltman told Sky Sports.

"They have the major players, every player showed already they are amazing and can perform well in this league at the highest level, so they just need a gaffer who is like, 'Guys, you have to do this, this and this.' He needs time of course, but I think he's probably the perfect match."

Veltman adds that it's all about making the players gel for his former coach when he arrives in Manchester.

"Hopefully he (Ten Hag) will make a team of them," said the Dutchman. "Like OK if you go there, I will go here. Like a harmonica they call it in Holland so it's like not loose ends any more, so hopefully he will do that next season."

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