When Erik ten Hag is expected to be appointed as Manchester United manager
It looks like the Red Devils finally have their replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer waiting in the wings.
Manchester United have ‘agreed’ a deal with Erik ten Hag for the Dutchman to take over as the club’s new manager next season, according to reports.
The Red Devils have been looking for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s successor since November when they sacked the Norwegian and replaced him with Ralf Rangnick on an interim basis until the end of the season.
According to The Athletic, Ten Hag has ‘verbally agreed’ a deal to take the hot seat at United and is ‘expected’ to sign a four-year contract.
The sports site claims Ajax and the Red Devils are yet to reach a deal for the Dutchman, while the latter still have to ‘finalise details and documentation’ for the 52-year-old’s Old Trafford arrival.
They add that there will be no announcement of the appointment or written agreement until after Ajax’s take on PSV in the Dutch Cup final on 17 April.
There were questions as to how much of a say Ten Hag would have at United if appointed, with the site stating the Dutchman’s coaching staff will be finalised in ‘due course’.
It’s likely that the reason the Red Devils will delay the announcement is to show respect to Ajax due to their cup final and Eredivisie run-in.
The Dutch side sit top of the league, four points ahead of second-place PSV, with five games remaining.
Ten Hag has been in charge of Ajax since December 2017 and has guided them to two league titles and two Dutch cups, while also reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2019.
The Dutchman faced competition for the role at Old Trafford from Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino.
The latter is no stranger to the Premier League having managed Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton in England’s top flight.
Ten Hag could be walking away from Champions League football with Ajax to take over at United, with the club currently sitting seventh in the league, six points adrift from a top four place, with seven matches remaining.