Erik ten Hag appointed manager Manchester United, switches from Ajax

Manchester United have hired their fifth full-time manager in nine years, taking over Erik ten Hag from Ajax.

Ten Hag’s arrival was announced by United on Thursday, with the 52-year-old Dutchman joining at the end of the season until 2025 and tasked with ending the club’s longest drought in nearly 40 years.

“I am extremely excited by the challenge that lies ahead,” said ten Hag.

“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.”

By adopting the attacking philosophy of the great Johan Cruijff, ten Hag managed to bring the good times back to Ajax and lead the biggest team in the Netherlands to two Eredivisie titles – with a third up for grabs this year – as well as the Champions League semi-finals in entertaining style in 2019.

Bringing United back to its former heights will be an even bigger task as the team won the last of its 20 English titles in 2013 – Alex Ferguson’s last season of his 26-year reign – and haven’t won a trophy since it started. defeating Ajax in the 2017 Europa League final.

United haven’t endured such a drought since the early 1980s and have slipped far behind rivals Manchester City and Liverpool, despite still spending a lot of money on players.

The team has also changed managers regularly since Ferguson’s departure, with David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, José Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjær taking on the busy full-time role, with Ryan Giggs, Michael Carrick and Ralf Rangnick as interim managers. bosses sometimes.

Nowhere was the club’s decline more apparent than this week, when United were thrashed 4-0 by Liverpool to go along with his rival’s 5-0 win at Old Trafford in October.

The three-time European champion may not even return to the Champions League next season. He is currently three points behind the top four of the Premier League with five games to go, and is already confident he will finish a trophy-free season for the fifth year in a row.

“In our discussions with Erik ahead of this appointment, we were deeply impressed by his long-term vision to bring Manchester United back to the level we want to compete at, and his drive and determination to achieve that,” said football director John United . said Murtough.

United have been led by interim managers Carrick and currently Rangnick since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked in November.

The club has spoken with candidates in recent weeks – Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino was reportedly also on the shortlist – but it remained with ten Hag.

AP

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