Manchester United: Ten Hag set to be confirmed as Rangnick replacement at Old Trafford
According to reports in the UK, Manchester United have decided on Ajax boss Erik ten Hag to replace Ralf Rangnick as permanent manager at Old Trafford.
Ajax manager Erik Ten Hag is on the verge of being named the new permanent manager of Manchester United. The 52-year-old has emerged as the clear favourite to replace interim coach Ralf Rangnick at Old Trafford ahead of the 2022-23 season and the appointment could be made official in the coming days, according to reports in the UK.
United cool on Pochettino despite players' preference
Sky Sports show Caught Offside broke the news on Monday. “It’s just a question of time,” the media stated, while adding that PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino, who has long been linked with a move to Manchester United, has now dropped down the list of candidates drawn up by the Old Trafford board. However, the appointment of Ten Hag will not be met with universal approval, according to Sky, with several senior members of the dressing room preferring the option of the former Tottenham manager.
Cristiano Ronaldo is among those whose futures have been linked to the arrival of a new manager, with the Portuguese reportedly not overly enamoured with Rangnick’s tenure. The Ajax boss is expected to be allowed to leave the Johan Cruijff ArenA for a compensation deal in the region of €2 million.
Ten Hag faces stiff task at Old Trafford
After interviewing several candidates during March, United’s hierarchy have settled on Ten Hag, who if appointed will become the second Dutch manager to have taken charge at Old Trafford after Louis van Gaal. The incoming coach will find himself having to contend with a divided dressing room and a side that are facing the very real prospect of missing out on Champions League football next season, with the ramifications that could have on the short-term futures of several star players, Ronaldo included.
Rangnick himself will hardly have endeared himself to his employers when he noted after the draw against Leicester City last weekend: “Manchester City and Liverpool have been built together over a period of five or six years. All of them under the premises of how the coaches want to play. I told the board already that this is what has to happen whenever the new manager [situation] is clear. It has to be congruent to how the manager wants to play and what kind of players we need for that.”