Current Ajax Amsterdam manager Erik Ten Hag appears as the big favorite to become Manchester United’s next manager, which could end the hopes of Paris Saint Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino, say British media this week. Thursday April 7.
The Daily Mail reports that United spoke to Ajax at the end of last week about the exit conditions for Ten Hag, 52, whose contract ends at the end of the next season.
According to the newspaper, Manchester could pay around 1.6 million pounds (1.9 million euros) to get the services of the Dutch coach, considerably less than what PSG could demand for letting Pochettino go, even if the The Argentine coach’s price could have dropped since the elimination of the Parisian club in the round of 16 of the Champions League.
According to the newspaper the independentTen Hag has already met Manchester officials to discuss his move and reportedly told his director of football, John Murtough, and manager Darren Fletcher that he wants a “five-year project.” However, according to said medium, he would not have fully convinced those responsible for United due to his lack of charisma. A point at which Pochettino would have a card to play, although he has not left the same impression at PSG as he has at Tottenham.
The BBC and the Daily Mail say that United, managed by German Ralf Rangnick on an interim basis since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was fired in November, will not make any immediate announcements. as Ajax is still in contention for the title in the local Dutch championship against PSV Eindhoven.
Manchester United is currently seventh in the Premier League, three points behind Tottenham, in the fourth and last qualifying spot for the Champions League.
Does Christian stay?
In case of not achieving a place in the continental tournament, the leadership of Manchester United would have a very difficult time confirming the continuity of Cristiano Ronaldo, the great figure who returned this season with much higher expectations than what the team has been able to do both in the Champions as in the local league.
The Portuguese star has already been linked to other clubs such as Paris Saint Germain, who will once again be seeded in the main Uefa club tournament, an aspect that is essential for CR7 at 37 years old.
A couple of weeks ago, when the quota for the World Cup was played, the attacker assured that he is the owner of his future and the one who makes the decisions. “I start to hear many times the same question. Who will decide my future is me, no one else, I’m the boss, full stop. If I feel like playing more, I’ll keep playing, if not, then no.”He pointed out at a press conference.
According to various reports, at the beginning of March the 37-year-old flew to Portugal instead of staying in Manchester to support his teammates in the derby against City (4-1), which renewed rumors about his discontent in OldTrafford.
In this second stage in Red DevilsRonaldo has shown signs of frustration, after not being called up or after being substituted on several occasions. Asked if his star was unhappy, Rangnick, the club’s current manager, told reporters: “Well, I don’t know, I haven’t asked him if he is happy at Manchester and at this club.”
The arrival of Ten Hag will play a determining role in the future of Cristiano, who they want to have as the head of the project. However, and as he said in Lisbon, everything will depend on what he wants for his future.
With information from AFP.