Manchester United are searching for their next permanent manager at the moment, with Ralf Rangnick’s interim run set to come to an end at the end of the season. It has been another disappointing campaign for the Red Devils, as for the fifth straight time, they look set to finish without a trophy. A dry spell like this would have been unthinkable during Sir Alex Ferguson’s time at Old Trafford.
Thus, it goes without saying that Manchester United need to bring in a manager with a long-term vision and put their faith in him for the next few years.
Several names like Mauricio Pochettino, Carlo Ancelotti, Luis Enrique, Julen Lopetegui and others have been linked with the Manchester United job. But in recent weeks, Erik ten Hag seems to be emerging as the favourite to get the role.
Manchester United will have to pay €2 million fee for Ten Hag
It is not hard to see why Manchester United might try to appoint Ten Hag as the manager to take this team into a new phase and head their rebuild.
Ten Hag has done a fantastic job at Ajax. The Dutch club have established themselves as the dominant team in the Eredivisie once again under his management while he was also the mastermind behind their run to the Champions League semi-finals, a few years back. Even this season, they were brilliant in Europe but unlucky in the knockout stage.
Thus, there is no question that Ten Hag is a very good manager. But is he the right fit for Manchester United?
While excellent during his time at Ajax, it must be pointed out that Ten Hag has never managed a top flight club outside of the Netherlands.