ESPN Netherlands: 'Erik ten Hag will become the new coach of Manchester United'

Manchester United appear to have made a decision to hire Erik ten Hag as the club’s next manager.

ESPN report United ‘are set to finalise the appointment of Erik ten Hag as the club’s next manager’.

The reports are backed up by ESPN Netherlands, which reports in a straightforward manner: “Erik ten Hag will become the new coach of Manchester United’.

United and Ten Hag are said to have an agreement, and the Red Devils have decided to pay his release clause. ESPN Netherlands claim United do ‘not [want] to wait any longer and to buy off the contract for 2 million euros.’

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Huge step forward

There has been huge uncertainty over United’s next manager since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was fired in November.

Ten Hag always seemed like the dream pick, due to the way he can potentially reset United’s entire philosophy and build the club upwards, along with a penchant for playing attacking football and promoting youngsters.

Actually managing to get him is a huge coup, with City boss Pep Guardiola stirring the pot last week by saying he could be his replacement.

ESPN claim co-owner Joel Glazer and new CEO Richard Arnold are both said to be in agreement Ten Hag is the right man.

Steve McClaren is expected to become Ten Hag’s assistant, the report says, although Rene Meulensteen is also being considered.

Ten Hag won’t be coming right away, as he has still has trophies to play for at Ajax, with the KNVB Cup later this month and the Eredivisie title. United and Ajax are yet to comment on the reports.

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