Photo: Erik ten Hag pictured with Manchester United shirt for first time

Manchester United have confirmed the announcement of Erik ten Hag as their new manager on an initial three-year deal.

The fact that the Dutchman had become the club’s first choice to be the new boss was hardly a secret, it was just a case of waiting for the confirmation.

It is good that the waiting is over and ten Hag has already sent his first message to the United fans, who are in desperate need of some good news right now.

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United have also already posted the first photo of the new manager in club colours.

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That is despite the fact he is focusing on the end of the season at Ajax, where he is chasing the title after losing the Dutch Cup final.

Ralf Rangnick will oversee United’s final games of the season as he looks to guide them into the Champions League next season.

It remains to be seen when we will see Ten Hag at Old Trafford for his first look around since his appointment and a proper photoshoot.

Ten Hag has apparently not been over to see United’s training ground either, which is where he will do lots of his work to try to take United back to where they need to be.

There will no doubt be more to come from United, who have managed to get their new manager confirmed before the end of the season.

  • INSIGHT: Erik ten Hag worked for two years at Bayern Munich II, learning from first team boss Pep Guardiola.
  • IMPACT: After a spell at Utrecht, Ten Hag was hired by Ajax and within 18 months had led them to a Champions League semi-final.
  • TROPHIES: Ten Hag has won two Eredivisie titles with Ajax and two KNVB Cups, and hopes to win a third title this season.
  • GOALS: Ajax have scored 89 goals in the league this season and conceded only 15 in 31 matches.
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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.