Erik ten Hag will join Man Utd on a three-year deal – with the option of a further year – in the summer; Dutchman replaces Ralf Rangnick, with an interim boss set to take up a consultancy role at Old Trafford; Ten Hag: “I am absolutely determined to develop a team capable of delivering success”
Manchester United have appointed Ajax boss Erik ten Hag as their new manager, to replace interim Ralf Rangnick at the end of the season.
What Ten Hag has said:
The 52-year-old has signed a three-year deal with the option of a further 12 months. He told United’s website: “It is a great honor 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.
“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.”
Mitchell van der Gaag, Ten Hag’s assistant at Ajax, is likely to join him at Old Trafford with advanced negotiations already underway.
Edwin van der Sar, Ajax’s chief executive, and a former United goalkeeper said, “we would have liked to have kept Erik for longer”, but added, “he is going to make the step to one of the biggest clubs in the world”.
Ten Hag told Ajax’s website: “I’m happy that it has been finalized and that it has been officially announced. That clarity is important.”
John Murtough, United’s football director, said: “During the past four years at Ajax, Erik has proved himself to be one of the most exciting and successful coaches in Europe, renowned for his team’s attractive, attacking football and commitment to youth.
Will Ten Hag walk into Champions League football?
Man Utd is currently sixth in the Premier League, three points off the top four but having played a game more than both Tottenham (fourth) and Arsenal (fifth). Will they squeeze into the top four?
- April 23 – Arsenal (a)
- April 28 – Chelsea (h)
- May 2 – Brentford (h)
- May 7 – Brighton (a)
- May 22 – Crystal Palace (a)
Analysis: Man Utd exposure like nothing Ten Hag will have experienced
“Manchester United’s interest in Erik ten Hag came as no surprise given his status as one of the most progressive coaches in Europe, and his long links to their managerial vacancy.
“Also, the 52-year-old has had admirers at Old Trafford stretching back to 2018/19, when his Ajax side knocked out Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League, before then stunning Juventus and only being denied a place in the final after Lucas Moura’s last-minute goal for Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham.
“Ten Hag is a popular choice to take charge at Old Trafford and represents what is seen as a “fresh, exciting future”, although there is an acceptable risk involved as it is a sizeable leap for him.
“The last highly-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, global glare placed on United, and level of competition at the top end of the Premier League are like nothing he would have previously experienced.”