Erik ten Hag, the manager of Ajax, has been selected as Manchester United’s next manager, succeeding caretaker Ralf Rangnick.
Sky Sports News claimed on March 31 that Ten Hag was ahead of Mauricio Pochettino in the competition for the post.
The 52-year-old signed a three-year contract with a one-year option. “I’m not a fan of the “Success at Manchester United is a great honor for me.”
Why is Manchester United’s reconstruction concerning? “I am determined to build a team capable of delivering the results that our fans deserve.”
I can assure our fans that I will do all I have to finish this season triumphant before moving on to Manchester United.
Negotiations to recruit Ten Hag’s Ajax assistant Mitchell van der Gaag to Old Trafford are now ongoing.
“We would have wanted to have Erik for a longer period of time,” Ajax CEO and former United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar stated, “but he is going to one of the world’s best clubs.”
“I’m delighted it’s been finished and published,” Ten Hag told Ajax. Clarity is essential.”
“Erik has established himself as one of Europe’s most exciting and successful managers, famed for his team’s attractive, attacking play and attention to kids,” said United’s football director John Murtough.
“We were quite impressed with Erik’s long-term vision for restoring Manchester United to the level at which we want them to compete.”
“We wish Erik the best of luck in his last season at Ajax and hope to welcome him to Manchester United this summer.”
After a protracted recruitment process led by Murtough and technical director Darren Fletcher, Ten Hag was thought to be the clear option at United.
Richard Arnold, the executive vice-chairman, was also interviewed, and the three agreed that Ten Hag was the best candidate for the job.
United also interviewed former Tottenham and Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino and Sevilla manager Julen Lopetegui, but the club apparently believed the Dutchman was best suited to their future aspirations.
Pochettino and Lopetegui are thought to have done well in interviews, while Luis Enrique was also considered before committing to Spain for the World Cup.
United was looking for a manager with a track record of success, a commitment to youth, the ability to develop players, and the ambition to execute an attractive style of play.
During discussions with United, Ten Hag is said to have voiced his delight about the potential of assembling a successful and entertaining side.
According to reports, Ten Hag would warn United players that he does not want any passengers.
His major message to them will be that he is the manager, that a new administration has come, and that Manchester United will resume play.
Anyone who is unable to complete the assignment is welcome to leave, but everyone must begin again. Despite the fact that he has no goals, he recognizes that his purpose is to restore United’s grandeur.
Ten Hag also wants Steve McClaren to return to United, and talks are in the works.
Ten Hag’s hiring was made possible by the strong relationship between United and Ajax. If United had picked Pochettino, negotiations with PSG would have been more difficult.
Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement in 2013. In the next nine years, the club won three titles: the FA Cup, the League Cup, and the Europa League, and it is now in danger of losing out on the Champions League next season.
Rangnick, who will become a consultant at Old Trafford this summer, said after United’s 4-0 thrashing of Liverpool on Tuesday that the club may need up to 10 new players.
Several first-team players, including Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, and Edinson Cavani, have contracts that will expire at the end of the season.
United announced Chief Scout Jim Lawlor’s and Global Scouting Head Marcel Bout’s resignations on Wednesday.
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