Ten Hag demands ‘final answer’ from Man Utd with deal ‘very close’

Date published: Monday 4th April 2022 10:45 - Joe Williams

Man Utd target Erik ten Hag watches his team

Ajax boss Erik ten Hag is ‘very close’ to becoming the new Man Utd manager, according to an Italian journalist.

The Dutchman is believed to be a frontrunner for the job at Old Trafford, while Mauricio Pochettino has been mooted as the other candidate with a good chance of landing the position.

Luis Enrique and Julen Lopetegui were ruled out as possible candidates this week with one unnamed manager also understood to have been interviewed as well as Ten Hag and Pochettino.

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And now Sky Sport 24 journalist Angelo Mangiante claims that Ten Hag is set to become the new permanent Man Utd manager with the Ajax boss demanding “a final answer” as soon as possible.

Mangiante tweeted: “Erik ten Hag is now very close and he still leading the race to become the new Manchester United manager. For sure, he wants a final answer from Manchester United as soon as possible. In any case, compensation for Erik ten Hag is not an issue for Manchester United.”

Meanwhile, Gary Neville suspects Man Utd could announce their new manager in the coming days or weeks after reports that the interview process has begun.

“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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