Erik ten Hag admits to having encountered Manchester United-like problems at Ajax

Ajax manager Erik ten Hag has highlighted problems with his side that will sound very familiar to Manchester United.

The Manchester Evening News understands that the 52-year-old has emerged as the preferred candidate to take over at Old Trafford in the summer. Ralf Rangnick has been in charge of United since the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last November.

On Sunday, Ten Hag saw his Ajax squad come a huge step closer to claiming the Eredivisie title when they defeated Feyenoord 3-2 thanks to a late winner from Antony. The win put them two points clear of closest challengers PSV Eindhoven, but he ran into an issue United fans are all too familiar with.

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“If they do their job and take positions, that doesn’t happen,” Ten Hag told ESPN (via Voetbal International). “Now that it does happen, it could have been prevented.

“If they do what they have to do, they will not counterattack. It is a condition to press well. There were also many moments when we had it, then Feyenoord will not come out.”

Both Ten Hag and Paris Saint-Germain head coach Mauricio Pochettino are on the list to take charge at United next summer.

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