Manchester United have officially announced the appointment of Erik ten Hag as their new manager from the end of the season until June 2025.
Erik ten Hag’s contract is subject to a work visa but will include the option to extend for a further year depending on results.
John Murtough, who has been leading the search for a new manager as Football Director, said via ManUtd.com: “During the past four years at Ajax, Erik has proved himself to be one of the most exciting and successful coaches in Europe, renowned for his team’s attractive, attacking football and commitment to youth.
“In our conversations with Erik leading up to this appointment, we were deeply impressed with his long-term vision for returning Manchester United to the level we want to be competing at, and his drive and determination to achieve that.
“We wish Erik the best of luck as he focuses on achieving a successful end to the season at Ajax and look forward to welcoming him to Manchester United this summer.”
Erik ten Hag said: “It is a great honour to be appointed manager of Manchester United and I am hugely excited by the challenge ahead. I know the history of this great club and the passion of the fans, and I am absolutely determined to develop a team capable of delivering the success they deserve.
“It will be difficult to leave Ajax after these incredible years, and I can assure our fans of my complete commitment and focus on bringing this season to a successful conclusion before I move to Manchester United.”
The Dutchman will be tasked with picking up the pieces at Old Trafford, with a squad in desperate need of a rebuild. It will also come down to the Glazer family and Richard Arnold to give the manager and his staff whatever they need in order to succeed.
However, the Glazers have a track record for undermining managers and allowing bankers have to have the upper hand in decisions made at the club. That must change.
We are looking forward to the future and getting behind Ten Hag’s team.
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