Manchester United are looking for their next permanent manager following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last year, with Ralf Rangnick set to leave the dugout at the end of this season.
Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford but Ajax coach Erik ten Hag has emerged as the heavy favourite for the job.
The 52-year-old has one year remaining on his contract in Amsterdam but is believed to be willing to leave Ajax for the next step in his career.
Prior to Saturday’s game between Ajax and Sparta Rotterdam, Ten Hag was quizzed on Manchester United’s interest in him but the Dutchman refused to get drawn in.
“Questions about the game or I am going inside,” he told Dutch broadcaster NOS, according to The Metro. “I will not tell you whether this is true or not.
“I am focused on the title race and the cup final. I have nothing else to say about it.”
SN’s verdict on Ten Hag’s stance…
It’s common knowledge at this point that there is interest from Manchester United and that Ten Hag is willing to join the club – if his conditions are met.
But his side are also involved in a title race and could win the domestic double, he will be eager to keep his side focused and not let outside noise disrupt the end of their campaign.
From a Manchester United perspective, it would be wise to get it done as soon as possible but that may not be possible.