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Manchester United target, Erik ten Hag, open for a move

Bertrand Traore

Manchester United receives positive signs in their pursuit of Erik ten Hag as the permanent manager of the club. The Ajax boss believes that he is ready for his next big move.

The Red Devils have been in a managerial crisis and sacked manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer after poor performance and results. Manchester United considered Erik ten Hag as one of the main candidates to take over as the next boss.

Speaking to a Dutch news outlet, Erik ten Hag told that he was happy to take on a new challenge. This is an indirect hint at the Manchester United job.

OLE OUT, RANGNICK IN

After the sacking of Solksjaer, Manchester United has decided to go with an interim manager. As a result, they brought Ralf Rangnick to the club to take over for the rest of the season. Rangnick made a bright start, winning his opening match against Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

It was a strange decision from the Red Devils to appoint an interim manager rather than going for a permanent one. However, this was mainly because of the unavailability of their prime targets. This include namely, Mauricio Pochettino, who is the manager of PSG and Erik ten Hag.

Bringing anyone of them would be expensive and most importantly it will be very hard to convince the managers to switch midseason. Hence the club decided to give the job to Rangnick, with the agreement that the German will be moving to a consultant role after this season.

ERIK TEN HAG READY FOR MANCHESTER UNITED

With Rangnick taking charge the attention for the club now shifts at finding the permanent manager for the next season. The recent comments from Erik ten Hag definitely fuel the rumour mill.

“I think I’m ready for it [to move to a top foreign club]. I would be happy to take up that challenge. But I’m not chasing it. If it turns out that that step will never come, I will not say that my coaching career has failed. But I think I have sufficient competences to take on that challenge.” – told Erik ten Hag

Erik ten Hag is an excellent tactician who has done brilliant work with Ajax. The Dutch manager plays an attractive offensive style of football and is known for developing young players. This will become a great fit for Manchester United who emphasises their academy and attacking football.

There is a doubt of whether Ajax boss will be able to handle superstars like Ronaldo or handle the pressure of such a big job. But the performance of his Ajax team in the Champions League shows how well he can adapt to tougher competition. His latest comments show that he is ready to take the next step in his career. Whether Manchester United can or will bring him is the next question.

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