Manchester United have officially confirmed Erik ten Hag as their new permanent manager on a deal until 2025 with the option for a further year.

The Dutchman will join the club from Ajax in the summer and it’s an appointment that will certainly go down very well with Red Devils fans.

Ten Hag has worked wonders as a manager in Amsterdam and currently has five trophies to his name. He even guided Ajax to the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2018/19, where they were beaten by Tottenham Hotspur in a two-legged thriller.

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United’s official announcement

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Ten Hag said: “It is a great honour to be appointed manager of Manchester United and I am hugely excited by the challenge ahead. I know the history of this great club and the passion of the fans, and I am absolutely determined to develop a team capable of delivering the success they deserve.

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“It will be difficult to leave Ajax after these incredible years, and I can assure our fans of my complete commitment and focus on bringing this season to a successful conclusion before I move to Manchester United.”

John Murtough, United’s Football Director, added: “During the past four years at Ajax, Erik has proved himself to be one of the most exciting and successful coaches in Europe, renowned for his team’s attractive, attacking football and commitment to youth.

“In our conversations with Erik leading up to this appointment, we were deeply impressed with his long-term vision for returning Manchester United to the level we want to be competing at, and his drive and determination to achieve that.

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“We wish Erik the best of luck as he focuses on achieving a successful end to the season at Ajax and look forward to welcoming him to Manchester United this summer.”

So, United finally have a new permanent manager, one who will take over from Ralf Rangnick in due course and attempt to bring back the good ol’ days at Old Trafford.

Ten Hag certainly has his work cut out, with the 2021/22 campaign undoubtedly one of the Red Devils’ worst in the Premier League era.

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Champions League qualification now looks very unlikely, but that may aid the new boss in his bid to start restoring the club to their former glory next season.

Recruitment in the summer is certainly going to be key for Ten Hag, especially given that a significant number of senior players are expected to leave.

Good luck, Erik…

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