Manchester United have appointed Ajax manager Erik ten Hag as their new manager, replacing acting Ralf Rangnick at the end of the season.
Sky Sports News On 31 March, reported that Ten Hag was in a winning position to get the job on Mauricio Pochettino, with sources close to the manager and Ajax saying the fee was less than £2m.
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Analysis: Manchester United’s impact is like Ten Hag hasn’t experienced
Sky Sports News senior reporter Melissa Reddy:
“Manchester United’s interest in Erik ten Hag was not a surprise given his status as one of the most progressive managers in Europe and his longstanding association with their managerial position.
The 52-year-old has had fans at Old Trafford since the 2018/19 season, when his Ajax team knocked out Real Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 and then stunned Juventus and lost, only to be denied reaching the final. after Lucas Moura’s last-minute goal for Tottenham by Mauricio Pochettino.
“Ten Hag is a popular choice to take over at Old Trafford and he represents what is seen as a ‘fresh and exciting future’ although there is a risk of being accepted as it is a huge leap for him.
“The last Ajax manager to achieve great success in the English top flight through Inter was Frank de Boer, who only lasted 77 days at Crystal Palace.
“The expectations, the spotlight on United and the level of competition at the top of the Premier League is like nothing he has faced before. »
Neville: Manchester United fans prefer Ten Hag
Gary Neville of Sky Sports talks about the shutdown in March:
“Ten Hag worked at Bayern Munich when Pep Guardiola was there. We know the impact it had. He won several titles and cups in Holland. His playing style is good. He has more experience than most people at the age of 52 realize.
“It’s a huge leap, but he has good coaching experience. He has no scars, which is good – he comes fresh. I did a poll last week and was just amazed – 220,000 people voted, and 82 percent were in favor of its introduction. [Mauricio] Pochettino.
“I knew he would be the favorite because you can feel it on social media. I think Manchester United fans are demanding a new start and a new name. They want something completely different that they didn’t have before, and probably in a way that goes against Pochettino. »
Creation of Erik ten Hag
Adam Bate from Sky Sports:
“Erik ten Hag will move to Manchester United as an outsider tasked with bringing about cultural change at one of the most famous clubs in the world. But that’s the work he’s already done. »
“Ajax made fun of his accent. He was a tucker, a man from the eastern part of the country, an area known for its down-to-earth approach. There were those in sophisticated Amsterdam who did not believe that the great Ajax had something. learn from him. They were wrong.
“Two home doubles and a kick away from the Champions League final later and there is recognition that Ten Hag has brought some of the best football Ajax have seen in years. His methods won success, his manner captivated skeptics. ”
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