Man United have decided on Erik ten Hag to be their new permanent manager, but are yet to reach an agreement with the Dutchman.
The club’s hierarchy are working on finalising Ten Hag’s appointment after the 52-year-old passed a series of interviews with flying colours. Ajax will not stand in Ten Hag’s way and the Eredivisie leaders would be due only around €2m for their manager.
He wants the Old Trafford job but is only going to put pen to paper on his terms. As per Dutch journalist Mike Verweij, the Ajax boss is demanding a lot from United and wants a say in the club’s incomings and outgoings.
Ten Hag considers 100% involvement “on present and future transfers strategy” as key to his rebuilding plans at United, reports Fabrizio Romano.
Both Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp enjoy the same authority at their respective clubs, and if the United hierarchy want the club to close the gap on their rivals they need to follow the same approach.
In the past, they’ve put the likes of Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in a position where the manager is left with no choice but to make do with players not suited to his system.
With Ten Hag in charge, United will have to offload players that cannot execute the Dutchman’s footballing ideas. New signings should also be made based on his tactics.
At this stage, the chances of Ten Hag arriving at United are still high, but things might take a turn for the worst if decision makers at the club fail to agree on his demands.