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Man United are set to unveil Erik Ten Hag as the club’s next manager, according to reports.
The Ajax boss has been heavily linked with the United job over the past few months.
And now, sources in England and Holland claim that the Dutch tactician will be officially named to replace Ralf Rangnick at Old Trafford this summer, ESPN reported.
But the Dutchman has told Man United’s board that he needs five years to turn things around at the club.
That’s according to The Independent who claim Ten Hag told the Red Devils’ hierarchy that the first thing that he will fix is the squad’s physical conditioning.
Ten Hag fears that the current United squad isn’t fit enough to win the Champions League and he’s going to need some time to change that, the report also states.
He’ll be reportedly be accompanied by former Man United first-team coach Rene Meulensteen to the club.
Meulensteen was United’s first-team coach under Sir Alex Ferguson from 2007 to 2013.
And now he’s set to return to the club as Ten Hag’s assistant manager, according to ESPN.
But the 52-year-old won’t be cheap as Man United will have to hand Ajax a £2million lump sum in compensation to bring in Ten Hag.
According to the Daily Mail, Ajax are in line to receive £1.6m from United for Ten Hag.
But the eye-watering sum will likely be stretched to over £2m to cover the cost of Ten Hag’s backroom staff that will follow him to Old Trafford, the report also states.
Elsewhere, Ten Hag will make Wolves star Ruben Neves one of his No1 transfer targets if he is appointed Manchester United manager, according to SunSport’s Jordan Davies.
SunSport understands Ten Hag has been a major fan of Neves for years and would push to bring him to Old Trafford.
Meanwhile, Jamie Carragher has called United’s decision to appoint Ten Hag brave.
He said on CBS after the news broke: “Yeah I think it’s a good decision, I think it’s a brave decision.
“The easy choice would have been Pochettino because he’s been in the Premier League before, so they’ve gone for a manager who’s not been in the Premier League.
“They’ve always gone with the established name if you like in terms of Jose Mourinho, Louis van Gaal. They went with Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer], who was the easy choice.”
Finally, Ten Hag may not get the chance to coach Cristiano Ronaldo next season as he’s been linked with a sensational move to David Beckham’s Inter Miami.
And United’s owners, The Glazers, won’t stand in the attacker’s way if he wants to head to America, according to reports .
Stefano Benzi told CMIT TV that United’s owners, the Glazers, are concerned they’re not getting bang for their buck from Ronnie.
The Glazers would reportedly be only too happy to part ways with top earner Ronaldo, giving them more dosh to invest in other areas of United’s squad.