Ruud van Nistelrooy arrives at Manchester United to join Erik ten Hag’s coaching team ahead of the new season

Ruud van Nistelrooy arrives at Manchester United to join Erik ten Hag’s coaching team ahead of the new season

Guess who’s back at Manchester United? Yes, you heard it right – Ruud van Nistelrooy! The legendary striker has been spotted arriving at the club’s training ground.

He’s gearing up to join Erik ten Hag’s backroom staff as an assistant coach.

With pre-season kicking off, Van Nistelrooy’s official announcement as part of Ten Hag’s team is just around the corner.

Alongside him, Rene Hake is also joining, having left his head coach role at Go Ahead Eagles to support Ten Hag for the upcoming season.

Erik ten Hag recently extended his contract until 2026, signaling his commitment to Manchester United’s future. With this extension, he’s shaking up his coaching staff.

Van Nistelrooy, who netted an impressive 150 goals during his five-year stint at Old Trafford, and Hake are the fresh faces in this major reshuffle.

Burnley’s Miss is United’s Gain

Interestingly, Burnley had their eyes set on Van Nistelrooy to replace Vincent Kompany after their relegation.

However, United swooped in, securing Van Nistelrooy’s expertise as Ten Hag heads into his third season.

Impressive Coaching Credentials

Van Nistelrooy has a commendable coaching track record.

He’s worked across various levels at PSV Eindhoven’s academy, collaborated with Guus Hiddink for the Netherlands national team, and even managed PSV.

Despite a successful stint, winning the Johan Cruyff Shield and KNVB Cup, he stepped down due to feeling unsupported.

Rene Hake Reunites with Ten Hag

Rene Hake, who previously worked with Ten Hag at FC Twente, also brings a wealth of experience.

He led Go Ahead Eagles to a notable ninth-place finish in the Eredivisie last season.

Hake has expressed his excitement about reuniting with Ten Hag and taking on this incredible opportunity.

Changes in the Coaching Staff

With these new additions, there are some changes in the coaching staff.

Benni McCarthy, the forwards coach, has reportedly left the club as his contract expired.

Meanwhile, the futures of Mitchell van der Gaag and Steve McLaren, who supported Ten Hag in his first two seasons, remain uncertain amidst these new developments.

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