Ten Hag gets tough with Man Utd chief Arnold as Ronaldo ‘expected to leave this summer’

Mitchell van der Gaag will follow him from Ajax, having agreed to swap Amsterdam for Manchester at the end of the season.

And Steve McClaren is poised for a sensational return, too.

McClaren previously worked under Ten Hag at FC Twente in the Netherlands and was part of Sir Alex Ferguson’s backroom staff during his time at the club.

Meanwhile, speaking recently, Paul Merson urged Ten Hag to get rid of Ronaldo when he takes over.

“Erik ten Hag must bite the bullet and get rid of Cristiano Ronaldo or he’ll waste his first year at Manchester United,” Merson said.

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An exodus is primed to take place this summer as United set their sights on a first Premier League title since 2013.

Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Nemanja Matic, Jesse Lingard, Eric Bailly and Juan Mata are all set to leave.

And there’s uncertainty over Dean Henderson, too, who may depart if he’s not guaranteed the No 1 jersey.

Ten Hag is getting tough behind the scenes as he looks to make his mark at United.

And he’s primed to bring in two assistants to help him adjust to life at Old Trafford as he targets trophies going forward.