By Emmanuel Adeleke
Manchester United have appointed Dutch coach, Erik Ten Hag as the club’s new permanent manager.
The club disclosed this in a statement posted on its website on Thursday.
Ten Hag will take over next season after the expiration of Ralf Rangnick’s interim tenure.
Ten Hag, who is currently with Ajax, signed ta three-year contract till June 2025, with an option of additional year that will run till 2026.
“Manchester United is delighted to announce the appointment of Erik Ten Hag as men’s first team manager, subject to work visa requirements, from the end of this season until June 2025, with the option to extend for a further year,” the club statement read.
Ten Hag, 52, will become United’s fifth permanent manager since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.
“It is a great honour to be appointed manager of Manchester United and I am hugely excited by the challenge ahead.
“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,” Ten Hag said.
United are sixth in the Premier League with five matches remaining this season, three points behind Tottenham, who occupy the final Champions League spot.
Ajax are top of the Dutch Eredivisie, four points clear of PSV Eindhoven, with five matches remaining, but lost to their bitter rivals in the Dutch Cup final ove the weekend.
Ten Hag, Ajax head coach since December 2017, led the team to the league and cup double in 2018-19 and 2020-21 seasons.