Reputable Dutch journalist Mike Verweij has provided an important update on Manchester United’s pursuit of Ajax boss Erik ten Hag.
“Erik ten Hag is now the TOP candidate to become the new manager of Manchester United, and he is the number 1 option. He will be allowed to leave for just over 2 million euros, which is his release clause .”
Ten Hag, along with Mauricio Pochettino, were seen as favorites for the job at Old Trafford. From Verweij’s report, it looks like the Dutchman has taken the lead to land the United gig.
United are on the hunt for a new permanent boss, with interim head coach Ralf Rangnick set to take up a consultancy role at the club after this season.
Manchester United’s managerial pursuit
United have struggled to find the right manager since the departure of club legend Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013. They named David Moyes as his immediate replacement, but the former Everton boss was sacked before the end of the season .
Two big names in Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho followed him. Van Gaal lifted the FA Cup before being sacked in 2016. Mourinho was the best of the middle lot, winning the EFL Cup, Europa League and Community Shield during his spell at Old Trafford.
However, none of them could define United’s legacy and things started to fall apart despite the silverware. United took the opposite approach by bringing in a relatively inexperienced boss who knew what it was like to be a Red Devil.
Come in, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. For just over three seasons he appeased fans and players alike, but the trophies eluded him. The Norwegian was sacked in November 2021, with Rangnick replacing him later that month.
United looking for the best of both worlds
Learning from their mistakes, United are now looking for the ideal mix of a manager who has a great reputation but also plays the way the club wants.
Based on these criteria, PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino and Ajax head coach Erik ten Hag have been shortlisted for the job. Both managers prefer to set up their squads to play smooth and attacking football.
Although they haven’t won the biggest trophies, Pochettino and Ten Hag have developed exciting and competitive teams in the past. Given the chance and support at United, they could be ideal signings for the club’s long-term future.