Manchester United has confirmed the appointment of Dutchman, Erik Ten Hag as the new manager of the club.
The English Premier League side announced Ten Hag’s appointment in a statement on Thursday, 21st April 2022.
He would complete the current season with Ajax and join the Red Devils in the summer as a permanent replacement for Ralf Rangnick.
The confirmation comes a few days after Naija News reported the club had reached a verbal agreement with Erik ten Hag to become their next permanent manager.
The appointment has now been confirmed in a statement released on the club website by United’s Football Director, John Murtough.
He stated that Ten Hag signed with the club until June 2025 with an option of another year.
On why they opted for Ten Hag, the club statement said they have observed his attractive style of football and commitment to youth, adding that they were impressed with his long-term vision for the club.
Below is the statement by John Murtough: “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.
“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.
“We wish Erik the best of luck as he focuses on achieving a successful end to the season at Ajax and look forward to welcoming him to Manchester United this summer.”
Speaking about his new appointment, Erik ten Hag said he is excited about the new challenge ahead but acknowledged that it will be difficult to leave Ajax and the fans.
“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,” he said.
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