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Teenage Erik ten Hag tells Johan Cruyff how it’s done

Erik ten Hag is seen in a clip from 1983 with Dutch football legend Johan Cruyff.

Manchester United's Dutch manager Erik ten Hag (R) shakes hands with Manchester City's Spanish manager Pep Guardiola after the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on January 14, 2023. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. /

Erik ten Hag has no issue telling his Manchester United players how he feels and as an opinionated 13-year-old in the Netherlands, he was on Dutch TV giving his thoughts on the game in an exchange with Dutch football legend Johan Cruyff.

The clip on Twitter is from 1983, and a young Ten Hag is seen telling Cruyff how to communicate with players.

Twitter user @RuudAzz has translated the conversation between the pair:

Johan Cruyff: “But it happens a lot, right, that a coach yells. Or does that not happen with you guys?”

Erik ten Hag: “I think you should watch out that you don’t yell at the youth too much, because you can break a player like that. But on a higher level, such as the first team at Ajax, you should be able to say something about it. Those guys train almost every day of the week. If they keep making the same mistakes, you should be able to confront them.

JC: “So that means you differentiate between youth and paid football?”

ETH: “Yes”

Ten Hag, 52, is currently making a name for himself at Old Trafford after a spell at the top of the game in the Netherlands with Dutch giants Ajax.

His United team currently sit in fourth place in the Premier League and beat cross-city rivals Manchester City on Saturday.


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