October 5, 2023

Stay tuned throughout the day for the latest Manchester United transfer rumours, Erik ten Hag updates and breaking news.

Manchester United have officially announced Erik ten Hag will become their new manager at the end of the season.

Interim boss Ralf Rangnick outlined United’s problems after their miserable Merseyside trip, admitting as many as 10 new additions could be made this summer, with the club picking up the pieces from their defeat to Liverpool on Tuesday night as they prepare for this weekend’s trip to Arsenal.

Mikel Arteta’s side landed the crucial blows in their London derby triumph over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday to move level on points with Tottenham Hotspur. Ahead of United’s journey to the Emirates, Arsenal hold a three-point lead over United.

The Manchester Evening News reported earlier this week that United had reignited their interest in Pau Torres. Captain Harry Maguire has been criticised this season, though he fired back at his critics prior to his side’s clash with Liverpool.

Current Manchester United squad back in training

With the huge news coming out of Old Trafford today you would be forgiven for forgetting that there is a big match in London this weekend.

Manchester United stance on appointing Erik ten Hag’s Ajax assistant manager

Mitchell van der Gaag is set to join Manchester United as Erik ten Hag’s assistant manager.

United confirmed Ten Hag as their new manager on Thursday, with the 52-year-old signing a three-year deal with the option of a fourth. He will join United once he’s completed this season with Ajax and he is set to bring Van der Gaag with him, although United are yet to finalise terms on that deal.

The 50-year-old joined Ajax in 2019 as head coach of Jong Ajax, the club’s B team, before being promoted to Ten Hag’s assistant last year. He also has experience of management, having worked in Portugal and Greece as well as taking charge of FC Eindhoven, Excelsior and NAC Breda before joining Ajax.

OPINION Erik ten Hag must listen to Dutch legend’s Class of 92 warning about Manchester United

A pitfall of being one of the world’s biggest football clubs with a roll of honour that most could only dream of, is that nobody is ever short of an opinion.

Ralf Rangnick will have become acutely aware of this in just his short time with Manchester United, that the club’s ex pros and legends are littered across TV channels and have become staples of the football conversation in the UK.

British television screens and newspapers are littered with the thoughts of Gary Neville, Rio Ferdinand, Roy Keane, Paul Scholes, Owen Hargreaves; it is almost an endless list. Their entertaining insights provide fans with an understanding of what will be going through the minds of players in the high pressure Premier League environment.

Manchester United odds-on to finish in the top four next season

United’s appointment of Erik ten Hag appears to have boosted their chances of being successful next season.

According to Betfair, United are 5/6 to reach the Premier League’s top four in the 2022/23 season.

They are 18/1 to win the Premier League, 7/1 to win the FA Cup and 13/2 to clinch the League Cup.

Most striking is that the Reds are tipped at 7/4 to win at least one trophy next season.

Jaap Stam outlines Manchester United’s trophy and time dilemma with Erik ten Hag

Manchester United favourite Jaap Stam wants Erik ten Hag to be given enough time to shine at Old Trafford — but his message comes with a’ must compete’ trophy warning. Change is on the horizon at United as the outgoing Ajax coach takes over from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on a permanent basis.

Ten Hag will see out the remainder of this campaign in Amsterdam as he targets a third Eredivisie title in four years. However, with the United failing to win a trophy since 2017 — the Europa League under Jose Mourinho — there will be an instant expectation, in some circles, for the 52-year-old Dutchman to succeed.

Speaking to Sky Sports, former United defender Stam said: “The quality of teams against you there is going to be much higher. It’s going to be more difficult to be as dominant as Ajax.

Donny van de Beek reacts to former boss Erik ten Hag’s appointment at Manchester United

Donny van de Beek has seemingly given his seal of approval on Erik ten Hag being appointed as the new Manchester United manager as he liked an Instagram post confirming the appointment.

Five months on from giving Ole Gunnar Solskjaer his marching orders in November, United have finally confirmed that Ajax boss Ten Hag will take over the reins from interim manager Ralf Rangnick at the end of the season. The 52-year-old has penned a three-year deal at Old Trafford, with the option of a further 12 months, and United have paid £1.7million to release him from his contract in Amsterdam.

The news of United hiring a manager renowned for his exciting style of football, success in the Champions League and promoting young players into the team will no doubt have gone down well within the squad — and it could be of particular benefit to Van de Beek. The midfielder enjoyed great success under Ten Hag’s stewardship at Ajax as he was an integral part of the team that won his first Eredivisie title and reached the Champions League semi-finals in 2019.

Erik ten Hag must get rid of 15 Manchester United players in summer transfer window

There was an unacceptable predictability about Manchester United’s 4-0 defeat to Liverpool on Tuesday night.

United have endured a nightmare campaign and it got worse at Anfield. Ralf Rangnick’s side conceded within five minutes and the result was inevitable after that Luis Diaz goal. United managed just one shot throughout the whole 90 minutes.

Rangnick suggested up to 10 players could be signed in the summer and there is recognition that a major summer rebuild is required at the club. Erik ten Hag, currently manager of Ajax, is set to be appointed and he’ll be facing the biggest challenge of his career, but which players should the Dutchman sell in his first summer in charge?

Ten Hag’s lifelong friend on what Manchester United players can expect

Leon ten Voorde has known Erik ten Hag since they were four. The ‘Tukkers’, the nickname for residents of Twente, would cycle to school together and it amuses Ten Voorde his friend, who was always late in the morning, is now a ‘disciplinarian control freak’ at Ajax.

In an illuminating and insightful piece for the Dutch newspaperAlgemeen Dagblad , Ten Voorde, who is still in touch with Ten Hag, recalled the ‘rebellious adolescent at a dancing lesson who didn’t hesitate to punch a lout twice his size’. He has known Ten Hag, the Manchester United manager-elect, for 48 years, their shared experiences ranging from football to their occupation as altar boys.

Ten Hag was the captain of their youth team club Bon Boys, where he is still a member. It was there he developed the leadership characteristics that are just as, if not more, important than his coaching credentials as he prepares to detoxify the United dressing room. As a budding coach at Twente, the first thing Ten Hag told those in the junior team was their annual holiday had been slashed by two weeks.

United stance on appointing Erik ten Hag’s Ajax assistant manager

Mitchell van der Gaag is set to join Manchester United as Erik ten Hag’s assistant manager.

United confirmed Ten Hag as their new manager on Thursday, with the 52-year-old signing a three-year deal with the option of a fourth. He will join United once he’s completed this season with Ajax and he is set to bring Van der Gaag with him, although United are yet to finalise terms on that deal.

United ‘refuse’ Erik ten Hag’s request for Steve McClaren as assistant

United have refused Erik ten Hag’s request for Steve McClaren to join him as an assistant coach, according to The Telegraph.

They say Mitchell van der Gaag is set to get an Old Trafford role but former Sir Alex Ferguson assistant McClaren is not.

John Murtough explains why United chose Erik ten Hag

Erik ten Hag’s long-term vision for Manchester United was a key factor in his appointment as the new manager, according to the club’s football director John Murtough.

Why United chose Erik ten Hag as their next manager

Although Manchester United gave the impression they cast the net as wide as four candidates to become the club’s 12th permanent post-war manager, it was always between two: Erik ten Hag and Mauricio Pochettino.

Ultimately, United decided Ten Hag was the manager most closely aligned with the club’s identity and strategy. United sources say they have hired a proven winner who preaches an attractive, attacking style of play and is committed to youth. Ten Hag, although already 52, is viewed by figures at United as one of the most exciting, consistent managers in European football.

United fans send simple message to board after Erik ten Hag announcement

Manchester United supporters have seen hope and optimism revived after Erik ten Hag was officially appointed as their next permanent manager, to take charge at the end of this season.

Edwin van der Sar reacts to Erik ten Hag appointment

Edwin van der Sar has thanked Erik ten Hagfor all the work he has done at Ajax after he was officially announced as the next Manchester United manager.

“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 said in an official statement. “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.”.

Erik ten Hag’s first words after being named new United manager

Erik ten Hag says it is a great honour to be named the new manager of Manchester United. The club officially confirmed his appointment on Thursday morning, with the current Ajax boss set to take charge of the club at the end of the season.

Full United statement on Ten Hag appointment

United is delighted to announce the appointment of Erik ten Hag as Men’s First Team Manager, subject to work visa requirements, from the end of this season until June 2025, with the option to extend for a further year.

Erik ten Hag to become next United manager

United officially confirm Erik ten Hag will become their new manager at the end of the season.

United ‘players have been told’ of Erik ten Hag’s imminent appointment

Erik ten Hag is set to be named the new United manager and there could even be an official announcement shortly.


Cristiano Ronaldo returned to United training yesterday

Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to Manchester United training.

Ronaldo was granted compassionate leave and missed the 4-0 defeat by Liverpool at Anfield on Tuesday night following the tragic death of his baby boy. The 37-year-old was driven into United’s Carrington training complex on Wednesday morning and it is understood took part in the full session.

Ronaldo announced in October his partner, Georgina Rodriguez, was expecting twins. Their baby girl was born safely.

United ‘have agreed’ compensation package with Erik ten Hag and his assistant

As the headline says on this one.

United have reportedly agreed a £2.5million compensation package with Ajax in order to hire Erik ten Hag and his assitant, Mitchell van der Gaag.

Christopher Nkunku warned against United transfer

United are looking at Christopher Nkunku this summer but former defender Paul Parker has warned the RB Leipzig star against a move to Old Trafford.

“Will it be the right choice for him (Christopher Nkunku) to come in there and give everything that he’s earned in Germany to come and play in the Premier League for Manchester United?” Parker told bettingexpert.

“Cause I’m not highly recommending going there (Man Utd) at this moment in time because it could cost you your career.

“The problem you got there, is that Manchester United went and got (Jadon) Sancho, who showed good form, and good stats while at Dortmund.

“You know, he’s moved into a little bit more of a high-pressure league. But there should be something there and it’s not materialising.

“He chose to come to the right team at the wrong time.”

Nemanja Matic ‘open’ to Jose Mourinho reunion this summer

Nemanja Matic will leave United at the end of the season and he could be set to be reunited with former boss Jose Mourinho, again.

Calciomercato claim the Serbian is open to moving to Roma this summer amid reported interet from Mourinho.


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