Dutch journalist claims Manchester United's next permanent manager decision is in the 'final stage' of ironing out details

A Dutch football journalist has claimed on Sky Sports that he believes Erik ten Hag being appointed as Manchester United’s new permanent manager is entering the “final stage”.

Talks on who will be United’s next manager continue behind the scenes, led by football director John Murtough.

The Athletic report that Ajax boss ten Hag is ‘believed to be pulling most support, and the situation is described as advanced’.

However, the same report states that there is ‘not yet a frontrunner and Mauricio Pochettino should still be regarded as a credible frontrunner’.

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But Marcel van der Kraan believes that talks with ten Hag are more than advanced.

Van der Kraan said: “It’s clear he is the frontrunner at the moment and in Holland he is sounding out one or two members in Dutch football with a background at Manchester United and whether they are prepared to join him if he gets the job.

“If you’re doing that kind of thing it looks like he’s got some kind of guarantee that he could walk into Manchester United any day, as soon as the season finishes.

“He’s in talks with them and we think it’s coming to the final stage of the whole contract.”

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But in a total contrast, the Independent are reporting that ten Hag has left the Manchester United hierarchy with doubts after the Dutchman reportedly claimed he felt the job is a five-year project during his interview for the permanent manager’s role.

The likes of Jaap Stam and Robin van Persie have been linked with forming part of ten Hag’s coaching set-up as was Ruud van Nistelrooy, but the former striker will be taking over as PSV Eindhoven manager at the end of the season.

The Red Devils are also considering hiring Steve McClaren as assistant manager to ten Hag, The Guardian report.

Ten Hag worked under McClaren at FC Twente in the Eredivisie in 2008/09, in the lead up to their famous title win.

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Having parted ways with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November, Manchester United need to come to a resolution with next season due to start in four months time.

But with so much riding on this appointment, Manchester United cannot afford to get it wrong.

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