Manchester United confirmed on their official website the appointment of Erik Ten Hag as their new first-team manager for next season on Thursday morning with the Dutchman signing a three-year deal with the option of a fourth.
Teg Hag will join Manchester at the end of the season with Ajax still contending for the Dutch title.
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John Murtough, 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.
“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 honor 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 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.”
Ajax CEO Edwin van der Sar has also paid tribute to ten Hag, telling the club’s website: ‘Four and a half years is a good amount of time, but we would have liked to have kept Erik at Ajax for longer.
He is going to make the step to one of the biggest clubs in the world, in a fantastic league.’
‘We owe Erik a lot of thanks for what he has achieved with Ajax so far, but we are not done yet.
‘At the end of the season, I will look back more extensively on his departure. For now, what matters is the final games of the season in which we all want to bring home the league title.’