Manchester United has announced the appointment of Erik ten Hag as their new Manager, from the end of this season until June 2025, with the option to extend for a further year.

John Murtough, the club’s Football Director, said: “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.” 

Erik 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.

“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.”

Ten Hag has been Ajax head coach since December 2017, leading them to the league and cup double in 2018-19 and 2020-21.

The 52-year-old Dutchman will take over from interim boss Ralf Rangnick at the end of this season. Rangnick, who replaced the sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November, is set to move into a consultancy role.

He will become United’s fifth permanent manager since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.

Ten Hag will take charge of his first Premier League match when the 2022/23 season kicks off on the weekend of 6 August 2022.