Erik ten Hag hopes the energy he brings to his managerial role will rub off on his Manchester United side.

Ten Hag is, of course, well-versed when it comes to the demands of coaching a big club, having spent the last four-and-a-half years with Dutch giants Ajax.

Managing United in the Premier League is a different kettle of fish altogether, though, and Ten Hag has already seen just how much scrutiny there is on the club worldwide during the recent pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia.

As the clock counts down towards the 2022/23 season opener with Brighton & Hove Albion, Erik revealed how much he is enjoying and relishing his new project at Old Trafford.

“Yeah it is a busy job, but I don’t hate working so no problem,” Erik told us.

“Especially not when you are in football. The best is to be a football player, but if that is not possible anymore, be a coach, be a manager.

“It’s a great job, so I get a lot of energy out of it and I hope to bring it over to my team.”

During our pre-match Q&A with the boss, which you can watch and read in full from Sunday morning, club media’s Stewart Gardner also asked Erik what the key to building a successful United team was.

Erik was keen to convey the importance of the work the squad is putting in on the training ground and he believes those standards implemented during pre-season need to be maintained now throughout the campaign.

“It is constructing a winning culture, and it starts in the week at Carrington: by high standards, by good values and work.

“Work [as a] consequence of that, work on the way of playing and in the end you will achieve success.”