Erik ten Hag named new Man United manager

Erik ten Hag, the Ajax coach, has been named Manchester United’s new manager.

The 52-year-old Dutchman will succeed interim manager Ralf Rangnick at the end of the season on a three-year deal that can be extended by one year.

Rangnick, who succeeded Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November, is expected to transition into a consulting role.

Ten Hag will become the club’s fifth permanent manager since Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement in 2013.

“It is a great honour to be appointed manager of Manchester United and I am hugely excited by the challenge ahead,” said Ten Hag.

“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.”

With five games remaining this season, United sits sixth in the Premier League, three points behind Tottenham, who is in fourth place battling for the Champions League.

Ajax leads the Dutch Eredivisie by four points, ahead of PSV Eindhoven, with five games remaining, despite losing to their rivals in the Dutch Cup final.

Ten Hag, who has been the head coach of Ajax since December 2017, guided the club to the league and cup double in 2018-19 and 2020-21.

They advanced to the 2018-19 Champions League semi-finals and were within a minute of reaching the final, only to be stopped by a spectacular Tottenham comeback.