Man Utd ‘reach agreement in principle’ with Ajax boss Ten Hag

Dan Butterfield
Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag

Manchester United have reached an agreement with Ajax manager Erik Ten Hag over the club’s managerial position, according to The Athletic.

The Dutchman has been the favourite for the role for a number of weeks after undertaking an interview with the United hierarchy.

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There have been concerns that a deal would fail to materialise due to the club not willing to accept the demands asked for by the Ajax boss.

However, The Athletic are now reporting that a ‘verbal agreement’ is in place between Ten Hag and the club. The agreement consists of a contracts that will run for up to four years.

Ajax are reportedly aware of the agreement.

However, any official announcement or written contract will have to wait until after the Dutch Cup final.

Ten Hag and his Ajax side take on PSV Eindhoven on Sunday and United are willing to wait until after that game before officially announcing Ten Hag as their next permanent manager out of respect for the Dutch champions.

United have been searching for a new manager ever since sacking club icon Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in December.

German boss Ralf Rangnick has been acting as interim manager since before Christmas but has been unable to turn around the fortunes of the Red Devils.

United have struggled for form all season in the Premier League and look set to miss you on Champions League qualification after a series of poor performances.

They were also dumped out of this years Champions League campaign at the hands of Atletico Madrid and were left feeling humiliated as they crashed out of the FA Cup on penalties to Championship side Middlesbrough.

The club have been heavily criticised this season with former defender Gary Neville, labelling them a ‘farce’ after defeat at Everton on Saturday.

“I’ve got very few words left for Manchester United,” Neville said on his Sky Sports podcast. “No anger, no comment anymore. They are a bit of a farce; you almost expect it from them. The players are taking Ralf Rangnick down with them. They are bad.

“When I look at Manchester City and Liverpool, they have humble football players; no over-inflated egos, they understand their position, the team comes first.

“There isn’t one Manchester United player that would get into any of those two teams, so why would you have an over-inflated ego, think you didn’t have to work hard, or be spiritless? I don’t see anything anymore.”