Manchester United appoint Ajax boss new manager

Ajax boss Erik ten Hag, pictured here at the last cup match at the Johan Cruijff Arena on 15 April 2022 in Amsterdam, has been appointed as the new manager of Manchester United.

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Manchester United have appointed Ajax coach Erik ten Hag as their new manager to replace temporary Ralf Rangnick at the end of the season.

Sky Sports News reported on March 31 that Ten Hag was in pole position to get the job over Mauricio Pochettino, with sources close to the manager and Ajax revealing that the compensation is below £ 2 million.

The 52-year-old has signed a three-year deal with the option of another 12 months. He told United’s website: “It’s a great honor to be appointed manager of Manchester United and I’m hugely excited about the challenge that lies ahead.

“I know the history of this great club and the passion of the fans and I am absolutely determined to develop a team that is capable of delivering the success they deserve.

“It’s going to be hard to leave Ajax after these incredible years and I can assure our fans of my full commitment and focus on bringing this season to a successful conclusion before I move to Manchester United.”

John Murtough, United’s football director, added: “Over the last four years at Ajax, Erik has proven to be one of the most exciting and successful coaches in Europe, known for his team’s attractive, offensive football and commitment to youth.

“In our conversations with Erik before this appointment, we were deeply impressed with his long-term vision to bring Manchester United back to the level we want to compete at and his drive and will to achieve it.

“We wish Erik good luck as he focuses on achieving a successful end to the season at Ajax and looks forward to welcoming him to Manchester United this summer.”

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