Exclusive: Man United want ex-player to be Ten Hag’s assistant, two being considered

Manchester United are on the verge of confirming Ajax boss Erik ten Hag as their new permanent manager.

Ten Hag, 52, has emerged as a leading candidate to succeed interim boss Ralf Rangnick at the end of the season.

Since managing Ajax from 2017, the Dutchman has grown to become one of Europe’s most highly-rated tacticians with standout campaigns including an unlikely Champions League semi-final in 2018-19.

It has not just been the nature of Ajax’s performances that have impressed when it comes to ten Hag’s ability to manage though.

Ajax is in a great position with stability running through its core – ten Hag certainly displays certain characteristics that the Red Devils would undoubtedly benefit from.

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Stretty News understands that a meeting was held between senior United officials and Ten Hag last week, in London and although a total agreement has yet to be reached, sources remain confident it won’t be long.

We also understand that an assistant manager is also on the agenda for United’s recruitment team with an ex-player preferred due to the need to unify the dressing room.

Rio Ferdinand has put himself forward for the role but club officials remain unconvinced.

Another candidate that is under consideration is former striker and club legend Robin van Persie, who, we understand, is also keen on the role.

Discussions are ongoing but there is now a real desire and push from United to get everything in place as soon as possible and ahead of next season.

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  1. Appoint Ten Hag & let him bring his own coaches and back room staff. Former players has not been part of a successful recipe. One head chef in the chef in the kitchen – not two

  2. Its really not who is fit for the job, is about who are we going to give the chance to build a team. Because their are number’s of good coaches out there including our Ralf but time to build a team matters. Though it has been long we celebrate a glory anyway so fans are desperate for trophies but it will take time. Ten hag is good let give him opportunity to build on the enford Ralf is doing.

  3. Let the coach bring his own staff and let him decide players to work with, the board should give coaches freedom to exercise their duties in order to bring performance on the pitch, these blockbuster record signings are not working for the club let’s buy potential players and make them stars and our club will be back on top

  4. The next Manchester united manager needs to be able to have full running of the club how he sees fit. So the owners and the board needs to give him full freedom to do so.

  5. The Glazers and the board at Manchester united football club need to give the next manager full freedom to run the club how he sees fit.

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