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Impressive Footage of 13 Year Old Ten Hag Speaking on Tv with Johan Cruyff Emerges
- In 1984, Ten Hag, who was a teenager, appeared in a TV show in the Netherlands
- He was in the company of other young footballers and three-time Ballon d’or winner Johan Cruyff
- Ten Hag spoke quite candidly in the show, showing off his maturity on football matters
A mind-boggling video of a 13-year-old Erik Ten Hag speaking like a mature manager has resurfaced online.
The Dutchman, currently the manager of Manchester United, has had an elite mindset from a young age, if the video is anything to go by.
Back in 1984, Ten Hag made an appearance on TV alongside other teenage boys, and they were graced by the presence of the legendary late Johan Cruyff.
This was a few years before Cruyff began his successful managerial stint with Ajax.
In the TV show, Cruyff asks the young boys several tough questions, and the discussion eventually went to managers shouting at youth prospects.
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Ten Hag, who was in a red polo shirt and rocked a full head of hair responded to Cruyff’s question on whether being aggressively told off by a manager as a developing youth player was counter-productive.
"But it happens a lot right, that a trainer yells. Or does that not happen with you guys?" Cruyff asked to which Ten Hag replied:
"I think you should watch out that you don’t yell to the youth too much, because you can break a player like that. But on a higher level, such as the first team of Ajax, you should be able to say something about it.
"Those guys train almost every day in the week. If they keep making the same mistakes, you should be able to confront them.”
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Cruyff, known to be one of the godfathers of the ‘Total football’ of play, then asks Ten Hag whether he differentiates between youth football and paid football, to which the young lad confidently answers yes.
As a manager Ten Hag was able to carry out Cruyff’s philosophy at Ajax, where he ended up winning three Eredevisie titles.
Ten Hag heard shouting at Man United player in friendly
There were elements of Ten Hag’s 1984 interview recently when he was heard brutally shouting at a Manchester United player during the friendly against Crystal Palace.
In their latest game against the Eagles, United once again were in a goal-scoring mood, cruising to a 3-1 victory.
One outstanding moment of the game was when Ten Hag, known for his perfectionist tendencies, was left fuming at De Gea for sticking with the ball too long from a back pass.