Man Utd ‘set to announce Erik ten Hag as manager in coming days’ after they agree to Ajax manager’s key demand

MANCHESTER UNITED are set to announce Erik ten Hag as their new manager ‘in the coming days.’

The Ajax chief has been handpicked by the Old Trafford brass to replace interim manager Ralf Rangnick in the summer.

Erik ten Hag is on the verge of becoming Manchester United managerCredit: EPA

The Dutchman is set to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as United's permanent manager

The Dutchman is set to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as United’s permanent managerCredit: TIMES NEWSPAPERS LTD

Preliminary negotiations between the Dutchman and United are understood to have gone well, with a four-year deal reportedly being agreed.

And according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, the finishing touches are currently being put on the 52-year-old’s contract with the Red Devils.

On Monday evening, he tweeted: “Erik ten Hag to Manchester United, here we go!

“Agreement on contract now set to be completed. Mitchell van der Gaag, priority candidate for coaching staff.

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“Ajax & Man United in contact to discuss €2m clause – announcement timing depends on this [not today/tomorrow].”

The Guardian claim the Premier League giants are set to confirm the appointment of the Ajax boss in a matter of days.

The imminent appointment of Ten Hag comes following the United brass’ decision to allow him to have the “final decision on transfers together with the club executive.”

The decision is said to have been reached due to United’s high-profile failures in the transfer market in the nine years since Sir Alex Ferguson left the Theatre of Dreams.

Ten Hag is, however, is set to have further talks with the club about bringing his current No 2 – Mitchell van der Gaag – to Old Trafford.

And he also hopes have to former United No 2 Steve McClaren form part of his backroom staff.

Ajax tried their best to entice Ten Hag to snub United, with technical director Gerry Hamstra saying: “I can be very clear about this, we did.

“We did everything to. We are trying everything to keep him.”

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When asked if the club offered the former Go Ahead Eagles chief a bumper new deal, Hamstra added: “Yes. We tried everything. When? Recently.”

United will be back in action on Tuesday night, travelling to Merseyside to take on bitter rivals Liverpool.


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