Scrutiny, drama, pressure, wins, losses and one of the biggest stars in the world wanting to leave. Erik ten Hag has experienced it all in his first three months as Manchester United manager.
That should go some way to preparing him for one of the Premier League’s iconic fixtures that once again promises to be a blockbuster.
Like so many, Ten Hag was gripped by those epic encounters in the 2000s between Manchester United and Arsenal, who meet live on Sky Sports on Super Sunday.
“Top games, big history between the two clubs, both with incredibly good players and good managers but it is now about Sunday, it is new, we have to build a future,” Ten Hag tells Sky Sports News.
So who was he cheering on during those days?
“My team in England was always Manchester United, I always supported this club, from the past I loved watching (David) Beckham, (Paul) Scholes, (Rio) Ferdinand and (Ryan) Giggs, I always liked them.”
What if he had to choose just one. Would it be Team Vieira or Team Keane? He laughs. “That’s clear, no question. Keane.”