Ajax coach Erik ten Hag is expected to become the permanent successor to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following the Norwegian’s dismissal earlier this season.
Ten Hag has been linked with a move to Manchester United for several months but it finally looks like the Dutchman will put pen to paper on a deal to take over at Old Trafford.
News broke earlier this week that a deal was close to being agreed but nothing has been made official yet, with over a month remaining of the season for both Manchester United and Ajax.
Journalist and transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano has provided an update on the situation, insisting that although nothing has been signed, the process is moving in the right direction.
“Why are we still at this stage? The stage of the discussions. Advanced discussions and very positive conversation but still not signed and still not fully agreed yet,” Romano said on his YouTube channel, as seen above.
“This man, Erik ten Hag, before signing any contract, he wants to make sure that his ideas, his methods, everything he wants to do, has to be (done) perfectly.
“We know that Manchester United are a completely different club to Ajax but the pressure you have at Manchester United is something huge. And this is why Erik ten Hag wants to make sure that the process to rebuild Manchester United has to go together with his own ideas.
“For Manchester United, something happened in the last few years that Erik ten Hag cannot accept. For example, signing players we are not trusting and not playing for many, many games, wasting money on these players – it’s something that can’t happen in the process of rebuilding a top club mentality.
“Erik ten Hag is convinced, it’s something he’s discussing with the Manchester United board. So before signing any contract or having any agreement completed, he wants to make sure that he can have the power to decide, together with the club, about many points of the process.”
SN’s verdict on the supposed delay…
The news of United being in advanced talks with Ten Hag only broke a couple of days ago and with over a month remaining of the season, it’s fair to assume that a big deal like this won’t be completed overnight.
It must be remembered that the next permanent manager will be the first straightforward appointment made by the club since Mourinho took over in 2016. Solskjaer was initially brought in as an interim manager, making his permanent appointment far easier.
Ten Hag is right to have reservations about some of the political issues at United – something Mourinho struggled with over his two years at the club.
But clearly, it’s a work in progress and moving in the right direction. For now, patience is key.