Upcoming Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has refused to get too gloomy after Ajax missed the opportunity to take a giant step towards securing their last Eredivisie title.
The Dutch giants ensured a late 2-2 draw against AZ Alkmaar from home on Sunday afternoon, forcing them to put the champagne on ice for a while. Ten Hag’s troops, who will have to meet a new manager next season, took a first-half lead through Brian Brobbey, but saw the game turned upside down in the second half after Vangelis Pavlidis and Hakon Evjen scored for the second half. hosts.
Edson Alvarez, however, equalized in the 86th minute for Ajax to ensure they remained in their own hands. As things stand now, they are two points ahead of number two PSV Eindhoven.
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During the match in the AFAS Stadium, Ten Hag lost his composure with the fourth official on the sidelines. The aspiring United chief snapped at him as he made a point about some bad decisions he was unimpressed with.
But despite his frustrations and his side needing a late equalizer to extend their unbeaten run in the competition to eight games, the Dutchman insisted he was pleased with the result. With two games to go, they have their fate in their own hands and Ten Hag has made it clear to stay positive.
“A 2-2 result against AZ is a good result,” said Ten Hag. “We had things in our own hands and we still have things in our own hands.
“We will watch the match between Feyenoord and PSV in the bus on the way home.”
Should Ajax win their two remaining matches, they will become champions, regardless of the results elsewhere. If they get through the job, it will be a third national title success for Ten Hag since he took charge in December 2017.
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