Manchester United have reportedly reached a verbal agreement with Ajax boss Erik ten Hag to become the club’s third full-time manager in less than four years.
Athleticism reports that United and the 52-year-old have agreed a four-year deal to succeed goalkeeper Ralf Rangnick.
No Manchester United boss has lasted more than four years since Sir Alex Ferguson, David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have all been shown the door for short spells.
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The publication reports that the terms of ten Hag’s departure from Ajax and his behind-the-scenes team still need to be confirmed before a deal can be finalized.
United hope to have it completed by the end of the week, after Ajax played in the Dutch Cup final against PSV.
Speculation has swirled in recent weeks with Ajax banning England journalists from speaking to the manager.
He has nevertheless been asked about his future lately and refused to confirm whether he will stay in the Netherlands.
He told ESPN: “We’re busy with training and games.
“That way you keep the focus on it. I want to talk about the game and not other things and whether or not I had conversations. I will not comment on rumours.
“Questions about the game or I’m going inside.”
If a deal is finalized, Ten Hag’s arrival will naturally come under scrutiny, with some pundits already doubting he’s the right fit for the massive job.
Former Arsenal and England midfielder Paul Merson says the manager could come in for a brutal shock.
“If it’s Erik ten Hag who gets the job, he’s someone who’s been successful in a two-team league for many years,” Merson said. sky sports. “He’s never worked in this league before and he’s never really worked with huge football players.
“Ten Hag may be a good coach, but he’s worked with players who were told that if they worked hard they would make their big leap to the Premier League.
“These Manchester United players are at the biggest club in the world, but judging by their performance you’d think they’re pulling their teeth. You have fans who come to every away game, and you have players who shrug their shoulders and want to end the season.