Manchester United announced this Thursday the hiring of Dutchman Erik ten Hag, currently at Ajax Amsterdam, as new coach from the end of this season until June 2025, with an option to extend for another year.
The director of football for the “Red Devils”, John Murtough, congratulated himself in a statement for the incorporation of “one of the most successful and successful coaches in Europe, renowned for the attractive and attacking football of his teams and his commitment to young people”.
Ten Hag will take charge of one of England’s great teams, mired in a deep crisis for years that has not been corrected by current caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick, who took over following the sacking this season of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
After being beaten by Liverpool last Tuesday (4-0), United are currently in sixth position in the Premier League, three points behind the Champions League positions, although with a game more than the fourth, Tottenham .
According to Murtough, the Dutch manager “has deeply impressed” the club’s management with his “long-term vision to return Manchester United to the level at which we want to compete, with his ambition and determination to achieve it”.
For his part, the Dutchman, who has long sounded like a bench favorite alongside the likes of Mauricio Pochettino, said it was a “great honor” to take on the role and was excited about the magnitude of the challenge.
“I know the history of this great club and the passion of the fans and I am determined to develop a team capable of achieving the successes it deserves,” he added.
At the same time, Ten Hag acknowledged that it will be “very difficult” for him to leave Ajax after “incredible” years, although he reiterated his commitment to his current team until the end of the season.
Ten Hag has been in charge of Ajax since December 2017, where he reached the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2019, thanks to dynamic and total football, supported by a brood of youngsters who in many cases ended up in the big clubs in Europe.
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