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Manchester United have appointed Ajax coach Erik ten Hag as their next manager

Manchester United have announced the appointment of Erik ten Hag as the club’s new manager.

The Ajax boss will take over at United this summer on a three-year deal, with the option to extend for a further year.

He will replace interim manager Ralf Rangnick, who is moving into a consultancy role at the end of the season.

“It is a great honour to be appointed manager of Manchester United, and I am hugely excited by the challenge ahead,” he told the club’s official website.

“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.

“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.”

The 52-year-old has a massive job on his hands at Old Trafford, with United currently struggling to live up to their lofty reputation.

Their 4-0 defeat at Liverpool in midweek highlighted how far the Red Devils have fallen off the pace in the Premier League.

The Dutchman will reportedly be handed a £200 million transfer budget to revive United’s fortunes after what has been a dismal campaign for the club.

There is likely to be a massive clearout at United this summer, with Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Marcus Rashford amongst the players tipped to leave.

The new United boss will be keen to make his mark at Old Trafford, and several high-profile arrivals could be on the cards.

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has been linked with a move to United, while Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips is another potential target.

Ten Hag also reportedly wants to bring Antony and Jurrien Timber from Ajax to Old Trafford.

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