Manchester United’s search for a permanent manager is expected to come to an end next summer, when Ralf Rangnick’s interim run is over and he takes up a consultancy role at the club. Several names like Mauricio Pochettino, Luis Enrique, Brendan Rodgers and more have been linked with the Old Trafford job, but recently, Erik ten Hag appears to be the one emerging as the potential favourite in the race.
Ten Hag has done an incredible job during his time as Ajax’s manager. He was the architect behind their run to the Champions League semi-finals a few seasons back, and has them playing world-class football once again, winning all six of their group stage games in Europe’s elite competition this time around.
Thus, it is not hard to see why Manchester United might be interested in appointing someone like Ten Hag as their next manager. Some rumours have even suggested that they have made contact with the Dutch manager.
Ten Hag has commented on his situation amid the rumours. As reported by Trouw, the Ajax manager said:
"“At the moment I am only working with Ajax and have no further thoughts on the future. The focus is on this season. Right now I shouldn’t be the theme. The theme is: how are we going to win games?”"
Ten Hag could be a brilliant manager for Manchester United
What Manchester United need right now is someone who can rebuild this team. They need some stability at the club, but at the same time, they will also know the importance of starting to win trophies once again as soon as possible, after going several years without one.
Someone like Ten Hag could be a brilliant appointment on the part of Manchester United. He has shown during his time at Ajax that his teams can produce sustainable success, even when they lose a number of their key players.
But at the same time, Ten Hag has never managed a top flight club outside of the Netherlands. In that regard, bringing him in would come with its fair share of risks.