Manchester United have officially confirmed the appointment of their new permanent manager, with Erik ten Hag set to take charge at the start of next season.
The identity of the Red Devils’ new boss has been the subject of months’ work of speculation, with the likes of Mauricio Pochettino, Luis Enrique and Julen Lopetegui linked with the role.
However, Ten Hag, who has been the favourite among the bookies for weeks, was announced today as the next permanent manager.
His contract runs from this season til June 2025 with an option to extend it for another year.
John Murtough, football director at the club, said: “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.
“In our conversations with Erik leading up to this appointment, we were deeply impressed with his long-term vision for returning 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 United this summer.”
Ten Hag replaces Ralf Rangnick, who has been interim manager since December, having taken over from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Rangnick is due to move into a consultancy role with the club.
Erik ten Hag said: “It is a great honour to be appointed manager of Manchester United and I am hugely excited by the challenge ahead. 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.”