Erik ten Hag immediately responds to growing speculation at Manchester United

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Erik ten Hag is the favorite to become Manchester United’s new manager (Picture: Getty)

Erik ten Hag has described: Manchester United as ‘a great club’ amid mounting speculation that he will name me the club’s next manager.

United are currently in the process of hiring the permanent replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with interim boss Ralf Rangnick set to resign at the end of the season.

Ten Hag was interviewed by United chiefs last month and emerged as the favourite, despite United maintaining interest in Mauricio Pochettino.


Ralf Rangnick will step down as interim manager of Manchester United at the end of the season (Picture: Getty)

The 52-year-old Ajax’s contract is just over 12 months away, but the Dutchman insists he will focus fully on guiding his current club to further success, before contemplating his retirement at the end of the season. future.

He told Sport1: ‘My focus is currently only on Ajax. But you never know in football. I don’t want to exclude anything. I am currently working here at Ajax to perform.

‘We still have eight finals to go with the cup final against Eindhoven and I need all my energy for that. Anything else would just be a distraction.

“I know that in football everything can change overnight. If I ever decide to take the next step, I hope people here understand that.’

Asked directly about United and how talks with the club had gone, he added: “Everyone knows each other in the industry. There are always talks with representatives from other clubs, that’s normal.

“Manchester United are a great club with great fans. But I can only repeat myself: my entire focus is completely on Ajax! We are already planning for the new season.

‘I have sat around the table with Ajax after every season so far. That will be the case this time too. I can say that Ajax and Erik ten Hag are very happy with each other at the moment.’

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