Ten Hag took charge at United this summer following a dismal season at Old Trafford last term under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick in which the side finished sixth and failed to land a trophy.
United, who last collected silverware in 2017, have suffered three sixth-place finishes in six of the last Premier League seasons and will be looking to return to the top four in 2022-23 to qualify for Europe’s elite club competition.
If they achieve that in the Dutchman’s debut season, Ten Hag will land himself a £3m bonus, according to the Daily Mail.
United drew 2-2 with Aston Villa in their most recent pre-season outing, following wins over Crystal Palace, Melbourne Victory and rivals Liverpool as the Ten Hag era gets up and running.
One player who has impressed under Ten Hag is striker Anthony Martial, who has scored three goals across those four games as he shines in Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence.
Ronaldo, who did not travel with United on their pre-season tour, is desperate for an escape route out of Old Trafford and has been strongly linked with a move to Atletico Madrid.
Meanwhile, United have been handed a boost in their chances of signing Frenkie de Jong, with Barcelona boss Xaxi suggesting the La Liga giants may sell the midfielder to improve the club’s finances.
United get their Premier League season up and running on August 7 when they host Brighton but pundit Paul Merson thinks they could miss out on the top four.
‘They haven’t done enough business at this point in time to stand a chance of securing UEFA Champions League football,’ he said.
‘So it should be between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal. If I had to pick one of the two north London sides, I’ll have to go with Arsenal.’
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