Manchester United have confirmed that Erik ten Hag will take charge of the club at the end of this season. The Dutch technician has signed a contract until June 2025, with the possibility of a one-year extension.
Erik Ten Hag will step down as manager of Ajax Amsterdam and begin his tenure at Old Trafford after the end of this season. He will become United’s fifth permanent manager since Sir Alex Ferugson left the club in 2013.
The Dutchman will replace Ralf Rangnick, who has served as caretaker manager since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked in November.
” During his four years as Ajax manager, Erik has shown himself to be one of the most exciting and promising managers in Europe, known for his team’s attractive play, attacking football and commitment to young people.explained John Murtough, director of football at MU in the club press release.
“In our discussions with Erik leading up to this appointment, we were very impressed with his long-term vision to bring Manchester United back to the level we want to achieve.” , he added.
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Ten Hag spent more than four years in charge of Ajax, winning the Dutch league and cup double in 2018-19 and 2020-21. His side lost the 2022 cup final to PSV last Sunday but are on course to clinch another league title.
A deal has been reached to pay Ten Hag’s €2m release clause and the 52-year-old has been granted a key request: to be allowed to make the final transfer decision with club management .
“It is a great honor to be appointed manager of Manchester United and I am extremely excited about the challenge ahead of me. I know the history of this great club and the passion of the fans, and I am absolutely determined to develop a team that can deliver the success it deserves.”said the former coach of Hakim Ziyech.
“It will be difficult to leave Ajax after these incredible years, and I can assure our fans of my full commitment and focus to see this season through before moving to Manchester United,” he added.
United management believe Ten Hag has the experience to manage a club of United’s stature after taking charge of more than 40 Champions League games (including qualifying) with Ajax, including reaching the semis. -finals of 2019 and spending time at Bayern Munich, where he coached the reserves from 2013 to 2015.