Manchester United appoint Erik ten Hag as manager

AMSTERDAM – Erik ten Hag during the Dutch Eredivisie match between Ajax and AZ Alkmaar in the Johan Cruijff Arena on April 25, 2021 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. ANP MAURICE VAN STEEN

Manchester United have appointed Erik ten Hag as manager, the club announced on their website on Thursday.

This is, however, subject to work visa requirements, from the end of the 2021/2022 football season until June 2025, with the option to extend for a further year.

United’s Football Director, John Murtough, was quoted as saying, “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 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.”

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.”

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