Manchester United have announced the appointment of Erik ten Hag as Men’s First Team Manager.
The Dutchman will leave Ajax at the end of the season following a successful four-and-a-half-years at the Amsterdam club. His journey, which started in 2017, with the iconic outfit is still not completed, as Ajax try to wrap up a third Eredivisie title under Ten Hag’s management. Before his arrival, they hadn’t won a league title since 2014.
The former Bayern Munich II manager has signed a contract until June 2025, with the option to extend for a further year. Mitchell van der Gaag will be his assistant at Old Trafford. The Ajax duo will move to Manchester in the summer, but Ten Hag has already sent a message to United fans.
The 52-year-old told the club’s official website: “It is a great honour to be appointed manager of Manchester United and I am hugely excited by the challenge ahead. I know the history of this great club and the passion of the fans, and I am absolutely determined to develop a team capable of delivering the success they deserve.
🇳🇱 Made in the Netherlands. Ready for Manchester.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 21, 2022
“It will be difficult to leave Ajax after these incredible years, and I can assure our fans of my complete commitment and focus on bringing this season to a successful conclusion before I move to Manchester United.”
On paper he appears to be the perfect candidate to bring glory days back at the Theatre of Dreams. An up and coming coach who has been punching above the weight at Ajax, Ten Hag has caught the eye of Europe’s biggest clubs with his tactically flexible system and a possession-based style of play.
However, a move to the Premier League from the Eredivisie is a huge step, and in order to properly compete with the likes of Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp, Ten Hag will need the full backing of the United hierarchy.