Manchester United announced the appointment of Erik ten Hag as the club’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.
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.”
“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’s coaching career began in 2012, when he led Go Ahead Eagles to their first promotion in 17 years. He went on to coach Bayern Munich II – coinciding with Pep Guardiola’s spell in the dugout of the first-team at the German champions – for two seasons before accepting the role as head coach of FC Utrecht in 2015.
Having inherited a side who had finished 11th in the Eredivisie, ten Hag led the club to fifth and fourth place finishes respectively, booking their place in European competition before being appointed by Ajax midway through the 2017-18 campaign.