Manchester United have announced the appointment of Erik ten Hag as their new Men’s First Team Manager, subject to work visa requirements, from the end of this season until June 2025, with the option to extend a further year.
After weeks of speculation and heavy rumours, The Red Devils have finally got the man they were after in current Ajax coach, Erik ten Hag, aged 52. The Dutchman has been coach of the Amsterdam side since 2017 and has won two Eredivise titles and two Dutch Cups. He is currently on the verge of winning of a thrid league title, with Ajax four points clear at the top of the table with five games left of the 2021/22 season. He was also just one Lucas Moura goal away from a Champions League final in 2019, which saw his side defeat Italian giants Juventus and 13-time winners Real Madrid along the way. Manchester United fans will be desperate for him to replicate his success with trophies, and bring the club it’s first piece of silverware since 2017, when they won the Europa League against his Ajax side.
Since Ten Hag has been Ajax manager, his side have never finished outside the top two places in the Eredivise, subsequently qualifying for Champions League football for five consecutive seasons. Considering that is exactly what The Red Devils are looking unlikely to achieve this season, given Ten Hag’s consistency to qualify, he looks the perfect fit to get United into the competition a club of their stature deserve to be in.
When asked about his thoughts on the appointment, John Murtough, United’s Football Director, said: “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.Embed from Getty Images
“In our conversations with Erik leading up to this appointment, we were deeply impressed with his long-term vision for returning Manchester United to the level we want to be competing at, and his drive and determination to achieve that.”
When asked about taking on the role as Manchester United manager, Ten Hag said: “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.”
United’s choice narrowed to Ten Hag and Paris St-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino, after Sevilla coach Julen Lopetegui had also been spoken to regarding the role.
Ten Hag is expected to bring in a former United coach or player as part of his backroom team, given it is unlikely the one remaining member of the Solskjaer era, Mike Phelan, will remain at the club.