Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag has held his interview with Manchester United, according to a report from The Mail. Ten Hag is now said to be the ‘clear favourite’ to be offered the United permanent manager job. United are still officially keeping other options open, with PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino the top alternative.
It is claimed by The Mail that United would like to interview Pochettino, and also wish to speak with Sevilla’s Julen Lopetegui and Spain’s Luis Enrique. The very notion Ten Hag apparently was spoken to United first, could be said to speak volumes by itself. He reportedly held his interview with United on Monday.
Ajax are unlikely to stand in Ten Hag’s way if he wants to leave, with Edwin van der Sar ensuring there are good relations between the two clubs. The Mail claim there will be just £4 million compensation due to Ajax to buy Ten Hag out of his contract with the Eredivisie side.
Ten Hag’s Ajax have a two point lead at the top of the Eredivisie and have scored more than 100 goals in all competitions this season. The Dutchman teaches an attacking style of play with defensive strength, and worked closely under Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich.
United have been searching for a new manager since sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November, with Ralf Rangnick hired as an interim boss. The Mail reported earlier in the month that Ten Hag was keen on the job. While there hasn’t been any official confirmation from either Manchester United or Ajax about the reported interview, the Red Devils fans will be beaming with elation and excitement as most of them have confirmed their desire in seeing Ten Hag in the dugout as United boss ahead of the next season.