Erik ten Hag was spotted greeting Rio Ferdinand before his win against Southampton on Saturday and the former Manchester United defender has revealed what has been said.
Old Trafford’s new manager has reversed momentum at the club after a poor start to the Premier League season.
Successive wins against Liverpool and The Saints have given fans much-needed optimism after previous defeats to Brighton and Brentford.
While Ten Hag is making progress with his team on the field, he is also developing off it.
His approach to the media has been well received by United fans. He recently banned a Sky Sports presenter from asking a question in a press conference after mocking the manager in a tweet.
With the ruthlessness – similar to that of Sir Alex Ferguson – comes a calmer, but more assertive approach to the Dutchman.
His first meeting with United correspondents took place in preparation for the season and he shook hands with them before any questions were asked.
He also made some jokes when he spoke to journalists. He has a great approach in this space. Not too soft, not too hard.
In addition to the traditional journos come experts, who are often ex-players. Ten Hag made sure to meet two United legends over the weekend at Saint Mary’s.
The United account caught the manager walking up to Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes, who were experts at BT Sports, before the match and gave them a handshake and a hello.
In his latest YouTube video, Ferdinand was asked what the new boss said to him in that meeting.
The former Red explained that although it was a short conversation, he can notice that Ten Hag acknowledges the media influence.
“He came over, he said hello. Listen, the media is such an important thing in the game,” Ferdinand explained to Vibe with Five.
“He knows we’re there and we have a big voice and a big platform to speak to, of course with Vibe with Five and on BT.
“He came over and said hello, I hope you’re okay and so on. It wasn’t too deep to be honest,” Rio explained. “I just said listen, I just wished him luck, man. I want him to be well,
“Every Man United manager that comes in, I’m a fan, I want him to do well, so I wish him the best.”
United’s energy lately has been to the surprise of some, but not all. It is known that Ten Hag had his players run more than 13 kilometers the next day to their 4-0 defeat against Brentford. He joined the drill and showed solidarity which impressed United’s players.
Ferdinand detailed this aspect of the Dutchman as he witnessed the pitch side on the south coast.
“He looks like a very focused and intense guy. I’ve seen him standing there watching the guys warm up,” he said.
“He’s a man of details, but he also seems disciplinary (he brings) he there to make sure people are doing things right.”