Erik ten Hag, the manager of Ajax, has been appointed as Manchester United’s new manager.

Manchester United has named Ajax manager Erik ten Hag as their new manager, succeeding interim Ralf Rangnick, who will leave at the end of the season.

The 52-year-old has agreed to a three-year contract with a one-year extension option.

“It is a great honour to be chosen manager of Manchester United, and I am hugely enthused by the job ahead,” he said on the club’s website.

“I am totally committed to produce a team capable of delivering the success they deserve, knowing the history of this wonderful club and the enthusiasm of the fans.”

“Leaving Ajax after these amazing years will be difficult, but I can guarantee our fans that I will give everything I have to bring this season to a triumphant conclusion before moving to Manchester United.”

“During his four years at Ajax, Erik has proven himself to be one of Europe’s most exciting and successful coaches, renowned for his team’s attractive, aggressive play and commitment to youngsters,” United’s football director John Murtough added.

“We were very impressed with Erik’s long-term vision for returning Manchester United to the level we want to compete at, as well as his ambition and desire to achieve that, in our conversations leading up to this appointment.”

“We wish Erik the best of luck as he concentrates on bringing Ajax’s season to a victorious conclusion, and we hope to welcome him to Manchester United this summer.”

“Manchester United’s interest in Erik ten Hag was unsurprising, considering his reputation as one of Europe’s most advanced coaches and his long ties to the club’s managerial vacancy.

“The 52-year-old has had admirers at Old Trafford since his Ajax side took off Real Madrid in the Champions League last 16 in 2018/19, before surprising Juventus and only being denied a place in the final thanks to Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham’s Lucas Moura’s last-minute goal.

“Ten Hag is a popular pick to take over at Old Trafford, as he represents a “new, exciting future,” however there is an acceptance risk because it is a big step for him.

“Frank de Boer, the last very successful Ajax coach to come to England’s top flight – via Inter – lasted only 77 days at Crystal Palace.”

“The pressures, the global spotlight on United, and the intensity of competition at the top end of the Premier League are unlike anything he has ever seen.”

“When Pep Guardiola was in charge of Bayern Munich, Ten Hag worked there. We’re all aware of the ramifications. In Holland, he’s won a few titles and cups. His playing style is excellent. At the age of 52, he has more experience than I believe most people believe.

Ralf Rangnick, the interim manager, will join Old Trafford as a consultant this summer, making way for Erik ten Hag.

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