Erik ten Hag speaks out on Man Utd ‘icons’ returning to the club’s training ground | Football

Erik ten Hag is pleased to have Robin Van Persie back at Carrington (Picture: Getty Images)

Erik ten Hag says any player who has represented Manchester United in the past is always welcome back at the club for any help they need, after Robin van Persie returned to the Carrington training ground.

The former striker is completing part of UEFA Pro Licence by spending time at the club, watching first team sessions and conducting workshops with staff.

Van Persie has been a youth coach at Feyenoord since 2020 but is required to spend time working with a foreign club to earn his Pro Licence and chose to return to Manchester.

Ten Hag is pleased to have the former Arsenal man around the place and extended the invite to anyone who has played for the Red Devils before.

‘So, every player for Manchester United, from the past, is welcome,’ Ten Hag told MUTV.

‘And we want to help them. We go to serve them and so, for his Pro Licence and to learn, it’s good to have him around here.

‘I hope he has carried a lot of information which helps him for the future but, of course, also to pass his Pro Licence.’

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Raimond van der Gouw was at Manchester United from 1996-2002 (Picture: Getty Images)

The club also confirmed that former goalkeeper Raimond van der Gouw has been back at Carrington under Ten Hag’s leadership.

‘It’s great to have such, say, icons of Manchester United around,’ said the manager. ‘And, as I said, also others are very welcome. We want to help them. I think we have a lot of experience here and a lot of competencies.

‘So, then we can learn from each other. And so, we are happy to do this.’

It is not the first time Van Persie has been back with the Red Devils since Ten Hag took charge in 2022, as he was also at Old Trafford at the backend of December to watch their comeback victory against Aston Villa.

Speaking to MUTV at the time, he said: ‘It’s always nice to be back. I feel that (being part of the Manchester United family) not only in the stadium but I feel it in the streets.

Van Persie is pursuing a career in management (Picture: Getty Images)

‘This afternoon I was walking in Deansgate and the love the Manchester fans still give me is incredible.

‘Obviously, it was a bit of a coincidence that I’m here now with my wife and friends.

‘When I looked at the schedule I was like if I can pick that game, I will pick that game because of course our sort of shared memories we have against Villa.

‘It was one of the most special nights personally as a Manchester United player. Villa is doing well this year so it’s a nice game to watch.’


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