New Manchester United boss Erik Ten Hag was keen to promote a positive message after being unveiled as the club’s new manager, insisting it wasn’t a risk taking the role as he looks to revive the fallen Premier League giants.

Ten Hag has been appointed United’s new boss, succeeding interim chief Ralf Rangnick, and he will hope to lift the Old Trafford outfit out of its current malaise, joining the club after they have just finished sixth in the Premier League with their worst-ever points total since the top flight was rebranded in 1992.

Ten Hag, who guided Ajax to three Dutch titles in a five-year spell, is confident he can improve things and says he’s looking forward to the future in charge of the Red Devils.

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“I don’t see it as a risk,” he said in his first press conference. “I think this club has a great history, and now let’s make a future.”

The 52-year-old, who said he was keen for Cristiano Ronaldo to stay, revealed he was assessing the squad he’s inherited and, amid claims of a widespread clear-out over the summer, was keen to suggest there was still plenty of talent in the first-team.

He added: “I’m looking forward to working with these players. The season before, this squad was second in the league, so there is huge potential.

“I think if we improve, if we work with them, I think we can get out more than what was the result from this season.”

United are 20/1 to win the Premier League title next season and EVS to finish in the top four under Ten Hag.

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