Manchester United has announced that Erik ten Hag will takeover from Ralf Rangnick as the new manager at the end of the season. Ajax confirmed that the compensation received will be less than £2m. Ten Hag has signed a three-year deal with an option of another year. Ajax’s chief executive, Van der Sar said they would have liked to keep hold of their man for some more time. Ten Hag was understood to be the unanimous choice at United following a rigorous recruitment process that was led by Murtough and Darren Fletcher, the technical director.
“It is a great honor to be appointed manager of Manchester United and I am hugely excited by the challenge ahead,” Erik ten Hag said. “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.”
“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,” United’s football director John Murtough said. “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.”