United fans will have to wait a while to see him in action, with Ten Hag set to stay with Ajax for the remainder of the season and join the club in the summer.
“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,” Ten Hag said in a statement.
“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.”
As always with United comings and goings, it provoked a big reaction online, and the memes arriving online have not disappointed.
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Erik ten Hag could become the first ten to lead an English club to a major trophy since Ryan ten Doeschate captained Essex to the 2019 County Championship.
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Donny van de Beek when he reunites with Ten Hag at Man Utdpic.twitter.com/XLzswYeWMK
United’s football director John Murtough, who led the recruitment process, said about the move: “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.”
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