Manchester United CONFIRM Erik ten Hag as their new manager on a three-year deal as departing Ajax boss vows to deliver trophies
Erik ten Hag will take over as Manchester United’s new manager, the club has announced.
Ten Hag will depart Ajax at the end of the season to become United’s fifth permanent manager.
The 52-year-old Dutchman will be joined at Old Trafford by his No 2 Mitchell van der Gaag.
Manchester United CONFIRM Erik ten Hag on a three-year deal
Ten Hag has signed a three-year contract, with a 12-month extension option.
He impressed Old Trafford chiefs during an official interview in March, and Joel Glazer and CEO Richard Arnold made him the preferred candidate earlier this month.
The Dutchman is hoping to go out on a high and win the Eredivisie for the third time – his side currently sit four points clear of second place PSV with five games left to play.
It is understood he will also look to bring his own backroom staff with him and will have an instant input on transfers.
United are expecting to take in a busy summer window as they look to rebuild the squad again with a number of high-profile players out of contract.
Sources say Ten Hag will be shown a shortlist of players for each position before a decision is made on who to make moves for.
He will also be able to present his own ideas.
The Dutchman’s appointment has been expected for some time since he interviewed for the job a month ago.
On his confirmation, 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.
‘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.’
Football director John Murtough 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.
‘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.
‘We wish Erik the best of luck as he focuses on achieving a successful end to the season at Ajax and look forward to welcoming him to Manchester United this summer.’