Manchester United confirms Erik ten Hag as next manager

Erik ten Hag (courtesey Manchester Utd)

Manchester United has confirmed Erik ten Hag as its next men’s first team manager.

Subject to work visa requirements, he will take charge of the Old Trafford club from the end of the current season until June 2025, with the option to extend his contract for a further year.

Erik ten Hag is currently manager of Dutch side Ajax.

Manchester United football director, John Murtough, said: “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 new manager will replace Ralf Ragnick, who was appointed interim manager on November 29, 2021, following the departure of previous manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjær, by mutual consent earlier in the month after a run of poor results.

Manchester United currently sits sixth in the Premier League in pursuit of a lucrative Champions League place for next season.