‘A great club’ – Erik ten Hag speaks out over Manchester United links
Ajax manager Erik ten Hag has, on Friday, provided his response to the ongoing speculation that he could be in line to take up the reins at Premier League giants Manchester United ahead of next season.
Ten Hag, of course, has been hotly tipped to take his talents to Old Trafford in the summer for some time now.
This comes with Ralf Rangnick preparing to call time on his interim stint in charge at United, and the club’s board understood to have identified Ajax’s boss as a desirable target to replace the German.
Not only that, but, on Thursday night, word surfaced in the media that ten Hag had seen his name moved firmly to the top of the managerial shortlist on the red half of Manchester, above previous frontrunner Mauricio Pochettino.
Manchester United are expected to carry out a second and final round of interviews before appointing their new manager – although Erik ten Hag has now emerged as the clear favourite | @JBurtTelegraph reports #mufc https://t.co/IrMM0ecaOV
— Telegraph Sport (@TelegraphSport) March 31, 2022
Speaking in an interview on Friday, the Dutch tactician, in turn, was inevitably drawn on the mounting speculation surrounding his future.
And, in comments which will no doubt pique the attentions of the Manchester United faithful, ten Hag went on to label the Red Devils ‘a great club with great fans’.
The 52-year-old, though, was also keen to reiterate the fact that his ‘full focus’ remains on matters in Amsterdam:
Erik ten Hag exclusive interview with @Berger_pj on @Sport1: “There are always talks with representatives from other clubs. Manchester United is a great club with great fans”. 🚨🇳🇱 #MUFC
“My full focus is completely on Ajax now. We are already planning for the new season”. pic.twitter.com/p6Gjwktnl2
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 1, 2022
Turning attentions back towards the job at hand, Man United are set to get their post-international break endeavours underway this weekend.
A Premier League meeting with Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City lies in wait, at Old Trafford on Saturday evening.
Rangnick’s troops will head into proceedings aware that nothing but a three-point haul will suffice up against the Foxes, amid their ongoing pursuit of a top-4 berth.
This comes with United currently trailing Arsenal in the final Champions League qualification berth by four points, with the Gunners also in possession of a game in hand.
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