Manchester United have appointed Ajax coach Erik ten Hag as their new manager, to replace Ralf Rangnick on an interim basis at the end of the season.
Sky Sports News reported on March 31 that Ten Hag was in the key position to win the job over Mauricio Pochettinowith sources close to the manager and Ajax revealing compensation is under £2m.
The 52-year-old has signed a three-year contract with the option to extend for a further 12 months. He told United’s website: “It is a great honor to be appointed manager of Manchester United and I am extremely excited by the challenge ahead.
“I know the history of this great club and the passion of the fans, and I am fully committed to developing a team capable of delivering the success they deserve.
“It will be very difficult to leave Ajax after these incredible years, and I can assure our fans of my complete commitment and focus to bringing this season to a successful conclusion before I moved to Manchester United.”
John Murtough, United’s director of football, added: “Over the past four years at Ajax, Erik has proven himself to be one of the most successful and exciting coaches in Europe, known for his attacking football. attractive work and commitment to the youth of the team.
“In our conversation with Erik prior to this appointment, we were extremely impressed with his long-term vision of bringing Manchester United back to the level we want to compete with and his drive and determination. it to achieve that.
“We wish Erik the best of luck as he focuses on finishing a successful season at Ajax and look forward to welcoming him to Manchester United this summer.”
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Sky Sports News senior reporter Melissa Reddy:
“Manchester United’s interest in Erik ten Hag is no surprise given he is one of the most progressive coaches in Europe, and his long association with their managerial position. .
The 52-year-old has had admirers at Old Trafford stretching back to 2018/19, when his Ajax side beat Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League, before overwhelming Juventus and only being rejected. denied a place in the final after Lucas Moura’s last-minute goal for Tottenham by Mauricio Pochettino.
“Ten Hag is a popular choice to take on responsibilities at Old Trafford and represents what is seen as a ‘fresh, exciting future’, although there are risks involved as it is an significant leap for him.
“The last very successful Ajax coach to move to England’s top flight – via Inter – was Frank de Boer, who lasted just 77 days at Crystal Palace.
“The expectations, the global gaze placed on United, and the level of competition at the bottom of the Premier League are unlike anything he’s experienced before.”
Neville: Man Utd fans prefer Ten Hag
Sky Sports’ Gary Neville speaking on The Overlap in March:
“Ten Hag worked at Bayern Munich when Pep Guardiola was there. We know the impact it had. He won a few trophies and cups in the Netherlands. His playing style is very good. He have more experience than I think most people think about 52 years old.
“It’s a big jump but he has a good coaching pedigree. He’s not scarred and that’s a good thing – he’s new. I did a poll last week and I’m totally in. surprise – 220,000 people voted and 82% supported putting him in [Mauricio] Pochettino.
“I knew he was going to be a favorite because you could smell it on social media. I think the Manchester United fans are asking for a fresh start and a new name. They want something. completely different they never were, and that’s probably gone against Pochettino in some ways.”
Sky Sports’ Adam Bate:
“Erik ten Hag will come to Manchester United as an outsider on a mission to effect culture change at one of the most famous clubs in the world. But that’s the job he’s done before. .
“At Ajax, they mocked his voice. He was a Tukker – a man from the east of the country, a region known for his down-to-earth approach. There are connoisseurs in Amsterdam. did not believe that the great Ajax had anything to learn from him, they were wrong.
“Two domestic doubles and one start in the Champions League final afterwards and were accepted. Ten Hag delivered the best football Ajax had seen in years. His method. he has delivered success, his style has won over skeptics.”
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