Erik ten Hag says he is “hugely excited” after being confirmed as the new permanent Manchester United manager.
The 52-year-old will take up his role at Old Trafford at the end of the season, and he has expressed his determination to build a squad capable of challenging for honours:
“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.”
“It will be difficult to leave Ajax after these incredible years, and I can assure our fans of my complete commitment and focus on bringing this season to a successful conclusion before I move to Manchester United.”
Football director John Murtough played a key role in the decision to appoint ten Hag and, speaking on the club’s official website, he explained why the Red Devils have turned to the Dutchman, stating the club were impressed with his “long-term vision”:
“During the past four years at Ajax, Erik has proved himself to be one of the most exciting and successful coaches in Europe, renowned for his team’s attractive, attacking football and commitment to youth. In our conversations with Erik leading up to this appointment, we were deeply impressed with his long-term vision for returning Manchester United to the level we want to be competing at, and his drive and determination to achieve that.”
Ten Hag will have a massive job on his hands when he does take up the reins at Old Trafford. Interim boss Ralf Rangnick claims a complete rebuild of the first team is needed, with up to ten players required to get the team competing at the top end of the table again.
It is believed that ten Hag has signed a three-year contract, with an option for an additional year. He is reportedly looking to bring in his assistant from Ajax, Mitchell van der Gaag, and there are likely to be more announcements about his backroom staff in the coming weeks.