Ajax man Nuri van Stam gives us an inside look into Eric ten Hag’s methods if United’s capable of signing Antony, the leading man in the Old Trafford squad, his reservations on the club, and his predictions for how the new manager would do. Ajax manager Eric ten Hag is tipped to oversee a much-needed re-build at United. In contrast, acting manager Ralf Rangnick said following a 4-0 defeat at bitter rivals Liverpool, Manchester United could be in need of as many as ten new players.
There is clarity now: any players thought of leaving or Man United looking to sign will know Ajax head coach Erik ten Hag will be the new manager. According to The Telegraph, Ajax boss Eric ten Hag is now solidly in the lead-up. Erik Ten Hag’s release clause is at about EUR 2.5 million, something that United does not consider an issue and will reportedly be willing to pay Ajax to bring in ten Hag. In the summer, Erik Ten Hag is to succeed interim manager Ralf Rangnick as permanent manager of the Red Devils, having signed a nine million Pound per year contract until 2025 earlier this month.
This brings an end to Eric ten Hag’s four-and-a-half-year spell with Eredivisie side Ajax. Erik ten Hag’s side has also won two Dutch Cups in Erik ten Hags tenure at Johan Cruyff’s ArenA. Still, he and Ajax’s side failed to complete a treble after losing the final to rivals PSV Eindhoven by the score of 2-1 on Easter Sunday. The critical message from Ajax manager Eric ten Hag for Manchester United players will be he is the coach, a new regime is coming in, and Manchester United are going back to playing like United. Despite his prolific results with Ajax, Ten Hag has not managed a match in one of the five most significant European leagues, which amounts to risk for United. Still, it is also a risk for him, who is betting his reputation on the promise of United being better managed going forward.
Even with Frenkie de Jong’s absence, Mattijs de Ligt, Hakim Ziyech, and Donnie van de Beek, to name a few, Erik Ten Hag has been able to make sure that Frenkie de Jong’s absence has not affected the side, getting the best out of young talents coming up the ranks, and also making use of established players such as Daley Blind and Dusan Tadic. Erik ten Hag has stayed in after retirement, earning himself the coaching stripes at FC Twente’s youth system in Eredivisie, taking charge of their Under-17s and Under-19s, before earning his spot on the senior side as an assistant coach under Fred Rutten and Steve McClaren. Ten Hag was given an initial three-year deal with Manchester United, but David Moyes signed him to a six-year contract in 2013, which ran for ten months before being fired.