Who is Man Utd assistant manager Mitchell van der Gaag?

MANCHESTER UNITED have a different face in the dugout for the crunch trip to Everton today.

Erik ten Hag has been banned, leaving his assistant Mitchell van der Gaag to lead the orders. But who is the Dutch No 2?

Who is Mitchell van der Gaag?

Mitchell van der Gaag joined United last summer, following Ten Hag to Old Trafford after also serving as his assistant at Ajax.

The Dutchman had previously been a manager himself, taking charge of clubs in Portugal, Cyprus and the Netherlands.

He spent two years with Motherwell during his playing days and was a Dutch youth international.

Though he suffered a heart scare back in 2013 while managing in Portugal, almost dying in the dugout during a match.

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The then manager of Belenenses collapsed during a 1-0 win over Maritimo.

Van der Gaag will be supported by Eric Ramsay, Steve McClaren and Benni McCarthy in the dugout at a fiery Goodison Park.

Van der Gaag during his playing days for MotherwellCredit: Getty

Why is Erik ten Hag banned today?

Erik ten Hag is not on the touchline against Everton after receiving three yellow cards in the Premier League this season.

The Dutchman was booked by referee Graham Scott after complaining about the award of a throw-in during the 1-0 victory over Luton at Old Trafford.

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And that followed the 53-year-old’s cautions against Tottenham as well as Arsenal earlier in the campaign.

In 2019, the FA made key changes to disciplinary rules and that included yellow as well as red cards for coaching staff.

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