Manchester United are set finalise the appointment of Erik ten Hag as the club’s next permanent manager, according to reports. The 52-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford and now looks set to switch Amsterdam for Manchester.
That’s according to ESPN, who claim that the Dutchman has come out on top of a four-man shortlist, believed to have consisted of Ten Hag, Mauricio Pochettino, Luis Enrique and Julen Lopetegui. Sources confirmed to the publication that Manchester United have settled on Ten Hag as their preferred choice.
Rene Meulensteen, who worked under Sir Alex Ferguson as a coach for six years, is believed to be one name considered for a role as Ten Hag’s assistant at the club.
Furthermore, recruitment at the club have been asked to compile reports of targets to present to the new manager, although he will also be allowed to bring forward his own suggestions.
SN’s verdict on the breaking news…
Certainly, this is a huge development in United’s managerial hunt and although the club have had a longstanding interest in Pochettino, it feels like Ten Hag is the right appointment for the club.
Ten Hag is a manager with an upwards trajectory and after missing out on deals for Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp in the past, a gamble makes sense after several years of playing it safe.
Whether anything is made official before the end of the season remains to be seen but United supporters all over will be delighted to learn of the direction the club has decided to go in.