Manchester United have made an Erik ten Hag approach as they begin the process of identifying their next permanent manager, Jonathan Shrager reports.
The Ajax boss, 52, is one of the most sought-after managers in European football and is thought to be among the leading two candidates for the United job – reportedly alongside Mauricio Pochettino.
Erik ten Hag Approach Made by Manchester United
Manchester United Begin Process of Finding a New Manager
Whoever they go with, it’s clear that Manchester United, who currently houses Ralf Rangnick as their interim manager, must get their next permanent appointment right.
The club had previously made it clear they believed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was that final right appointment for success. However, this season started miserably and he was sacked before Christmas.
Solskjaer, who initially joined as interim manager, lasted longer than anyone expected and did some good work in bringing Manchester United spirits up and helping them to compete on a more consistent basis, though, famously failed on a quest for silverware.
Rangnick, like Solskjaer, has joined on an interim basis, though, despite his good work, is unlikely to be afforded the same fate. The German has already agreed to move upstairs on a consultancy basis for two years at the conclusion of the current season.
It’s clear to the world, and probably to United too, that the best two candidates lie with Mauricio Pochettino and Erik ten Hag.
They both have the profile to bring long-term success to United given the backing required at Old Trafford, where they must first play catchup to the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City.
Ten Hag Approach
United’s reported approach comes days after Sami Mokbel, of the Daily Mail, claimed the Dutch coach was working to improve his English. The report went as far as saying Ten Hag has his heart set on a move to United.
He has impressed during his reign at Ajax for many reasons, including the authority he holds within the squad. He speaks very well with the media, only strengthening his reputation.
There are also reports suggesting he will leave Ajax at the end of the season.
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