Manchester United have finally found their new permanent manager, reaching a verbal agreement in principle with Erik ten Hag.
The Ajax boss is set to replace Ralf Rangnick at the helm in the summer, pending agreement with his current club. The 52-year-old is expected to pen a four-year contract at Old Trafford, The Athletic’s David Ornstein has reported.
An imminent announcement is unlikely because the United hierarchy want to be respectful to both Ajax, whose CEO is United legend Edwin van der sar, and Ten Hag, who is pursuing a league and cup double.
As such, United fans, who overwhelmingly wanted Ten Hag ahead of Paris Saint-Germain’s Mauricio Pochettino, will have to wait at least until the conclusion of the Dutch Cup final between Ajax and PSV Eindhoven on April 17 for the official announcement.
Ten Hag will be the first coach Manchester United have hired who is on the up, heading to the top of his game. Comes with a defined playing style, but as ever, it will be those above him who determine whether he can succeed. I’ll wait to be convinced he’ll be given the tools
— Chris Winterburn (@cmwinterburn) April 12, 2022
Think it’d be strange for Ajax/Ten Hag to let it be announced he was the next manager with just a few weeks of the season left and only being four points clear. But wouldn’t be surprised to see United to do everything they can to get it revealed by Friday ahead of the protest.
— Scott Patterson (@R_o_M) April 12, 2022
This development will kick-start major rebuilds at two of the Europe’s most iconic clubs.
Manchester United’s next task will be to assemble Ten Hag’s backroom staff, while Ajax will have to fill a big void left by one of their most successful managers of this century.
Under his tutelage, the young Ajax side have scored the second-most goals in Europe’s top six leagues this season. However, at United, he will face a challenge of not only developing young talents but also getting the most out of experienced stars in Cristiano Ronaldo and David de Gea.