Erik ten Hag said he is working to rebuild the relationship between Manchester United and the club's fans after noticing a disconnect when he took over at Old Trafford in the summer.

United ended last season in miserable form, winning just three of their final 14 games in all competitions. Ten Hag was in the stands at Selhurst Park for the final day defeat to Crystal Palace when the team were given a hostile reception by the travelling supporters and since taking over as manager, he said he has tried to bring fans and players closer together.

"It was definitely one of our plans, part of our plan that we had," Ten Hag told ESPN. "You need a connection with the fans. Manchester United is that big in the world and you have to show commitment and make an engagement.

"You have to build a togetherness because also, we want to act like that on the pitch as well. The team has to understand that and everyone around Manchester United has to understand that the fans are there for us. You play football for your fans and we have to be aware of it."

On Wednesday, Ten Hag met representatives from 13 supporter clubs from around the world and took questions during a special news conference ahead of the Carabao Cup third round tie with Aston Villa.