‘Doing badly for years’ – Ajax star baffled by Ten Hag-Man Utd reports

Date published: Wednesday 6th April 2022 12:19 - Lewis Oldham

Ajax boss Ten Hag

Former Everton midfielder Davy Klaassen is baffled by reports linking Ajax boss Erik ten Hag with Man Utd, as the Red Devils have “done badly for years”.

The Dutchman is one of the managers Man Utd are looking at ahead of this summer. Ralf Rangnick is their interim boss but he is set to be replaced before next season.


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Ten Hag has been the Ajax manager since 2017. He has helped them win two Eredivisie titles and two KNVB Cups.

Ajax currently sit four points clear at the top of the Eredivisie table. Man Utd meanwhile have struggled this term as they are seventh in the Premier League.

The Red Devils have also been knocked out of the Champions League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup.


Klaassen played 16 times for Everton during the 2017/18 campaign. He hopes Ten Hag will stay at Ajax:

“He’s been doing well with us for years and Manchester United has been doing badly for years,” Klaassen said (via Voetbal Primeur).

“He can also stay. I hope so.”

Last week, Gary Neville predicted that the new Man Utd manager could be announced very soon:

“Look, because the interview process started, publicly, sort of seven to 10 days ago. I said you’ve got to conclude it quite quickly. Or else it becomes a bit of a mess,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“There were reports earlier in the week that Ten Hag was awaiting details as to whether he was going to be offered a contract or not.

“I suspect after that performance today what we’ll see a PR spike whereby the manager might be named. I don’t know but, for me, it wouldn’t surprise me.

“You know, I’ve spoken in the last couple of weeks about a new manager coming in and everything thinking, ‘It’s all okay, we’ll go again.’

“But we’ve been here for 10 years and it’s tough. That was a really tough watch, that today. I’m not angry, I don’t think any Manchester United fans left this ground angry tonight. Because we’ve gone probably past anger, we’re just flat. We’re bored and there was nothing there today.

“I don’t feel sorry for the players but those players out on the pitch, I do genuinely believe players care, but they lack direction and that comes from the very top. I said two weeks ago, the owners have had 10 years post- Sir Alex Ferguson to try and work this out. You know, they’re trying to run a football club by Zoom.

“And they have been trying to run a football club by Zoom before Zoom even existed because they’ve not been here, [they’ve worked] through conference calls. Ultimately, there needs to be something that culturally shifts at this football club to make it a football project.”

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