Erik Ten Hag is the runaway favourite for the Manchester United job. The Telegraph report the Dutchman has held an interview with the Red Devils, ahead of a potential hire.

United are yet to comment, but clearly progress is being made behind the scenes as the club look to hire a fifth permanent manager since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.

Ten Hag’s Ajax have a tremendous record this season, scoring more than 100 goals in all competitions. This is partly due to a handful of incredible results.

The first mammoth win of Ten Hag’s managerial career came back in the 2018/19 campaign when Ajax beat De Graafschap 8-0, with former United star Daley Blind bagging a hat-trick.

Remarkably he has gone on to better this scoreline three times, including twice in the 2021/22 season to rack up even bigger victories.

Lille v Ajax - UEFA Champions League
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Ajax 9-0 Cambuur

Back in September of this season, Ajax dropped a hammer on Cambuur, who currently sit ninth in the Eredivisie. Ten Hag’s side were relentless, racking up a 9-0 win with five goals in the second half.

Remarkably Ajax had eight different goalscorers, with David Neres netting twice, and the following players scoring once each, Jurrien Timber, Steven Berghuis, Noussair Mazraoui, Mohamed Daramy, Dusan Tadic, Sebastien Haller, and Danilo Pereira.

“I really enjoyed our pace today,” Ten Hag said afterwards, via, before refusing to criticise his opponents, saying, “It’s not up to me to pass judgment on Cambuur.”

Ajax 9-0 Excelsior Maassluis

Ajax have two 9-0 wins this season alone, beating Excelsior Maassluis in the last 16 of the KNVB Cup back in January.

Ten Hag made several changes to his starting line-up against the third tier side, and his stand-ins were ruthless as they pushed on to victory. Striker Danilo Pereira scored four goals in the win.

Unfortunately they fell one short of giving Ten Hag a 10-0 win, but the boss was happy, telling Voetball International: “I have seen a very energetic Ajax. We had good attitude and played nice football.”

Ajax 13-0 VVV Venlo

Ajax v FC Utrecht - Dutch Eredivisie
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The biggest win Ten Hag ever enjoyed came in the 2020/21 season away from home behind closed doors. At 4-0 down at half-time, VVV Venlo probably feared the worst – and in their nightmares it surely was not this bad, with Ajax netting nine goals in the second 45 minutes.

Lassina Traore scored five goals in the win, while veteran Klaas Jan Huntelaar also bagged a couple more goals from the bench. Venlo had a player sent off in the 52nd minute, which certainly did not help their cause.

The win was the biggest ever victory in Eredivisie history, bettering Ajax’s 12-1 win over Vitesse back in 1972.

Ten Hag was pleased his side showed no mercy, quoted by Inside World Football: “This is elite football and you have to keep going. It went automatically in our team, which showed the hunger that we want to see from our players. It was enjoyable at times.”

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