Erik ten Hag faces a monumental task getting Manchester United back to the top of the footballing pyramid once again.

The 52-year-old, who clinched his third Eredivisie title on Wednesday night, will become Manchester United’s fifth permanent manager since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.

Amongst the growing number of problems the Dutchman will have to resolve, getting United’s recruitment spot on is going to be crucial in the quest to close the gap on Manchester City and Liverpool.

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Manchester United’s haphazard recruitment since Sir Alex departed has seen the club become a laughing stock and alongside Ralf Rangnick, who will take up a two-year consultancy role, and football director John Murtough, Ten Hag will be hoping to change the Red Devils fortunes in that regard.

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With Erik ten Hag facing a big first summer in Manchester, we take a look at his first five signings as Ajax manager…

Nicolas Tagliafico

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The Argentine left-back was the first player that Erik ten Hag signed for the Dutch giants after becoming Ajax boss in December 2017.

Tagliafico left his native country and he headed to the Amsterdam Arena from Independiente in January 2018.

The Argentina international started Ten Hag’s first game in charge which was a 2-0 win against Feyenoord and he went on to make 15 starts in the Dutch top-flight for the remainder of the campaign.

It was in the 2018-19 season where Ten Hag’s young side kicked on and showed Europe what they were all about with a run to the Champions League semi-finals.

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While several of Tagliafico’s teammates secured big-money moves, the 39-time Argentinian international remained in Amsterdam.

But with his contract expiring next summer, his four-and-a-half year stay in the Netherlands could come to an end this summer.

Rasmus Kristensen

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Kristensen arrived in the 2018 January transfer window to become Erik ten Hag’s second signing after Tagliafico.

He joined from Danish side FC Midtjylland and made eight Eredivisie appearances for the remainder of the campaign.

During Ajax’s dream to the Champions League semi-finals the following year, the right-back only played eight minutes of football during the European run and he made just five league starts.

The four-time Denmark international was only a Ten Hag player for 18 months before moving onto pastures new with Austrian side RB Salzburg in the summer of 2019.

The 24-year-old is a regular in the Salzburg side and has 10 goals and eight assists to his name this season.

Zakaria Labyad

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The Moroccan was Erik ten Hag’s first signing of the summer in 2018 after arriving from fellow Eredivisie side FC Utrecht.

The attacking midfielder has struggled with injuries since arriving in Amsterdam and his unavailability has restricted him to 54 appearances across three seasons under Ten Hag.

The 29-year-old has only featured twice this season and he looks set to leave the club as a free agent when his contract expires at the end of June.

From his 54 games, the six-time Moroccan international scored 13 goals and provided 10 assists.

Dusan Tadic

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The talented Serbian impressed in the Premier League with Southampton and his performances for the Saints convinced Erik ten Hag to pay £10m to bring him to the Netherlands capital for £10m in June 2018.

After arriving at the St Mary’s Stadium from FC Twente, Tadic scored 24 goals and registered 35 assists from 161 matches for Southampton.

But since linking up with Ten Hag, Tadic has become one of the best creators in Europe and his goalscoring contributions are up there with the very best.

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From 192 matches for the Eredivisie leaders, the 33-year-old has 92 goals and 89 assists to his name.

With the likes of Tagliafico, Andre Onana and Noussair Mazraoui all potentially calling time on their Ajax chapters this summer, Tadic could be one of two players who remain at Ajax from the side who started against Spurs, in the Champions League semi-final second leg three years ago.

Daley Blind

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The Dutch defender completed his move from Manchester United to former club Ajax, for a fee that could eventually rise to £18.5m in July 2018.

Blind joined the Red Devils from Ajax for £13.8m in 2014, when his compatriot Louis van Gaal was in charge.

After being a regular under the Netherlands coach at Old Trafford, Blind’s game time reduced under Jose Mourinho and Erik ten Hag decided to capitalise.

Alongside Tadic, Blind could be the only remaining survivor from the 2019 side. Blind has played 169 games under Ten Hag and the pair will be hoping to win a third league title together.

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