Erik ten Hag wants to keep Manchester United set-pieces coach Eric Ramsay

New Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has selected the club’s set piece coach Eric Ramsay from the existing coaching staff to join his new assistant team at Old Trafford this season.

The Dutch coach met the club’s director of football John Murtough in Amsterdam on Thursday to discuss short and long-term planning, as well as his Ajax assistant Mitchell van der Gaag and friend and former colleague Steve McClaren. These two were the pair Ten Hag told United he wanted to be part of their coaching staff and the club also asked him to consider taking on one of those already in place in their inner circle .

Ramsay, 30, was appointed to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s coaching staff at the start of the season after a meteoric rise as one of the youngest UEFA Pro license holders. He previously worked at Swansea City, Shrewsbury Town and Chelsea where he coached the Under-23s. Under Solskjaer, he served as an individual development and set piece coach. He knew then United first-team manager Kieran McKenna from their time at Loughborough University.

A French and Spanish speaker, Ramsay, from Oswestry, Shropshire, is one of the few from the Solskjaer era still at the club. Solskjaer himself was sacked in November as United’s form plummeted. Michael Carrick, who oversaw the immediate aftermath, stepped down when interim manager Ralf Rangnick took charge. The same was true for McKenna who took over as manager of Ipswich Town. Martyn Pert, another coach, joined McKenna at Ipswich.

It is expected that Ten Hag’s new staff will be officially announced soon. The club are prioritizing the signing of a midfielder with Dutch international Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona among their targets. They lose Nemanja Matic, who has already announced his intention to leave at the end of the season, while Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata will all be out of contract in June.

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