Erik ten Hag appointed new Man U manager

Quick Summary

  • Dutchman Erik ten Hag has been appointed the new Manchester United manager – on a three-year contract with the option to extend by one year. 
  • Ten Hag has had success managing club Ajax. 
  • Ten Hag will take over after the season ends, as Man U seek to close out one of their worst premier league seasons in a while. 
  • Interim Man U manager Ralf Rangnick is expected to move into a consultancy role. 
  • Many United fans will be hoping the appointment of Hag will draw a line in the club’s recent poor performances. 

In-depth analysis

Manchester United FINALLY appoint new manager

Manchester United have appointed Ajax coach Erik ten Hag as their next manager after a rocky season so far. 

Ten Hag, 52, will take over from current interim manager Ralf Rangnick at the end of this season – the Dutchman has signed a three-year deal which can be extended by a year. 

Rangnick was bought in to replace Man Utd legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who was sacked in November. Rangnick is set to move into a consultancy role.

Erik ten Hag: Manchester United appoint Ajax coach as next manager

Ten Hag’s appointment marks Man United’s fifth permanent manager since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013. 

Erik ten Hag statement – appointed new Man U manager

“It is a great honour to be appointed manager of Manchester United and I am hugely excited by the challenge ahead,” said Ten Hag.

“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.”

Premier league table

Manchester United have been having a shambles of a season, they currently sit sixth in the Premier League with five games left of the season, three points behind Tottenham.

Whereas Ajax are top of the Dutch Eredivisie – four points clear of PSV Eindhoven – with five matches left. 

Ten Hag has been head coach of Ajax since December 2017 and led the club to the league and cup double in 2018-19 and 2020-21. 

In the 2018-19 Champions League semi-finals, Ajax almost made it to the final – they were denied by a remarkable Spurs come back within a minute of the end of the match.

Who is Erik ten Hag? 

Man Utd had narrowed their potential managers down to Ten Hag and PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino, after Sevilla coach Julen Lopetegui had also been spoken to about the role.

It is believed Ten Hag will bring in a former United coach or player as part of his backroom team as it’s expected Mike Phelan will leave. 

Ten Hag joined Ajax after two and a half years at Utrecht, having previously coached Bayern Munich’s second team – having worked with Pep Guardiola. 

Manchester United FC – a new era? 

Manchester United’s chief scout Jim Lawlor and head of global scouting Marcel Bout had left the club. 

Man Utd won a massive 38 trophies under the legend Sir Alex Fergurson and his 26-year reign at Old Trafford, including 13 league titles, two Champions League, five FA Cups and four League Cups. 

But since Fergie left in 2013, the club has only won the FA Cup under Louis van Gaal, the League Cup, Europa League and Community Shield under Jose Mourinho and the Charity Shield under David Moyes. 

David Moyes was expected to be Fergie’s long-term successor and given a six-year contract but was sacked in his first season in charge.

Erik ten Hag: Manchester United appoint Ajax coach as next manager

Erik ten Hag – the reaction 

‘A proven winner’ – analysis

Simon Stone, BBC Sport

Ten Hag was the unanimous choice of senior figures at Old Trafford after what is being said was a rigorous recruitment process, led by football director John Murtough and technical director Darren Fletcher, with new chief executive Richard Arnold engaged for the final stages.

The belief at United is that Ten Hag was the candidate most closely aligned to the club’s identity and strategy.

Ten Hag is viewed as being a proven winner who likes to play an attractive, attacking style of football, with a commitment to youth.

It is felt he improves players and develops teams, and within the negotiation process he set out his long-term vision to build a successful team.

Jamie Carragher’s verdict 

Jamie Carragher: “I’m excited to see Erik ten Hag in the Premier League. The two Ajax teams he’s built have been really exciting to watch and really lit up the Champions League.”Sir Alex Ferguson's out of intensive care following brain haemorrhage #TWSF WTX News

Gary Neville ‘feels sorry’ for Erik ten Hag

Speaking when the announcement was imminent, Neville said: “My view, at this moment of time. There are a lot of things the players could have done better, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could have done better, Ralf Rangnick maybe could have done better. But fundamentally the club is broken on and off the pitch.

“One thing I’ll guarantee you is that Manchester United will come back and they’ll be successful, because the world is round and they’re too big and a great club. I’ve got no worries about the long-term, it might be five years, 10 years or 15 years.

“Just like I never had any doubts that Liverpool would come back one day. I feel sorry for him [Ten Hag].”

Donny van de Beek reacts to Man Utd appointing Erik ten Hag as manager

Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek, who is currently on loan at Everton, has liked an Instagram post from Ajax confirming Erik ten Hag is to become the Red Devils’ next manager.


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