Good morning Man United fans
Manchester United have officially confirmed Erik ten Hag as their next permanent manager on a three-year deal, with the option of a further 12 months.
The Ajax gaffer, 52, will replace interim boss Ralf Rangick in the summer after verbally agreeing to take charge last week.
In the past couple of days, United agreed compensation – believed to be in the region of £2.5 million – with Ajax to take Ten Hag and his assistant Mitchell van der Gaag.
Upon the announcement of the Dutchman as the new United boss, 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.”
Steve McClaren is reportedly set to become Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United assistant – despite the club initially REJECTING their new manager’s request.
However, there is still no announcement over Ten Hag’s backroom staff.
It’s believed he wants to bring Ajax No2 Mitchell van der Gaag and former England boss McClaren to Old Trafford.
Ten Hag will reportedly bank a ‘record-breaking’ salary for taking over as boss.
While Ten Hag’s Old Trafford earnings remain unknown, he is set to become the highest paid Dutchman in Premier League history.
Dutch outlet De Telegraaf claim he will earn more than countryman Louis van Gaal did during his fateful two-year spell at Old Trafford.
Van Gaal, who revealed earlier this month he was battling cancer, is said to have earned a £3.3million base salary at United – not including bonuses.
Meanwhile, ex-United star Denis Irwin reckons the Red Devils will be challenging for the Prem in two to three years with Ten Hag at the helm.
He said: “Yeah, it might take time with an overhaul due in terms of the first-team squad, and we need a bit of patience as well.
“The best-case scenario is we’ll be challenging hopefully in two or three years’ time for the league, but I’m excited by the style of football and the fact he seems an honest and hard-working manager.”
However, fellow former Man United ace Gary Neville wants Ten Hag to slowly build at Old Trafford and focus on getting the club into the top four.
He said: “First, it should be getting back into the top four, re-establishing Manchester United in the Champions League, attract the players into the club that play the way he wants to play and then start to get a system of belief.”
Neville also reckons Mauricio Pochettino lost out on getting the Man United job after failing to bring the Champions League to PSG.
He also feels PSG missing out on the Ligue 1 trophy last season didn’t help Poch’s cause.
Neville said: “I think Pochettino has been the outstanding choice for a number of years.
“But losing in the Champions League this season and not winning the French league last season has cost Mauricio.”
Finally, Harry Maguire has been left shocked after receiving a bomb threat.
Cheshire police with sniffer dogs have been sent to the mansion where Maguire lives with fiancee Fern Hawkins and their two daughters.
Searches are ongoing.
The chilling warning came via email that a bomb would be planted at the home of the United skipper.
But Maguire has no plans of leaving Manchester after the bomb scare, according to a source.
A source close to the defender told The Sun last night: “Harry will not be forced out of Manchester United by this kind of threat.
“His number one priority will always be the safety of his family but he’s also got the strength of character to deal with this. It looks like the work of some cowardly fan.
“If that proves to be the case, they are an utter disgrace to the name of this proud football club.”