With the departure of Ralf Ragnick looming large; Manchester United are once again facing an all too familiar secenario. The Red Devils have been linked with several potential candidates. Erik Ten Hag appears to have been selected as the ideal man for the job by both the Club itself and the supporters.
Manchester united have struggled both on the pitch and off it ever since the departure of Sir Alex Fergerson. With over 1.2 billion pounds spent between 4 official managers and 3 caretaker managers. It's hard to see where the problem lies at the club which once dominated in both England and Europe. With so many young talents and players widely considered world class having played during this 9-year period, it's hard to put the blame upon them despite the claims of previous managers. Whilst the amount of money spent can be attributed to poor financial decisions off the pitch by the board at the club; results on the pitch are what counts. The results have had a clear trend under every manager that has taken to the old Trafford touchline: poor. The Manchester side have been trophyless since the 2016/17 season where they won both the EFL cup and the Europa League under José Mourinho.
With other more experienced Managers open to taking up the difficult task of fixing Manchester United such as former Tottenham Hotspur manager, Mauricio Pochettino, and even a surprise curveball in the form of Thomas Tuchel who may be looking to leave Chelsea following the difficult situation the club finds itself in. Why is Ten Hag the clubs ideal choice?
Well the main reason the board are keen to secure him is financially motivated because the compensation fee to snatch Pochettino from PSG would be around 15 million whereas Ten Hag would be cheaper at around 1 million. Manchester United being run as it is appears to be a profit run club.
However this does not mean Erik Ten Hag is a poor manager. The Ajax manager is perhaps most well-known due to his youthful sides 2018/19 Champions league run which was ended early in devastating fashion during the semi final clash against Tottenham Hotspur at the hands of a Lucas Moura. Despite returning empty handed it revealed to the world that Ten Haag is a top Quality manager.
Ten Hag specialises in the management of younger players. An essential quality for any manger who is going to undertake the rebuilding of Manchester United. We can see the quality he has produced at Ajax dominating throughout Europe in the form of: Frankie De Jong, Mattheus De ligt and Hakim Ziyech. With youngsters such as Anthony Elanga, Amed Diallo and Jadon Sancho all looking to find their feet in the Premier league; Ten Haag’s appointment would be greatly beneficial to many individuals at the club and the club itself.
However despite his many accolades which include both individual awards and Club trophies. He is yet to prove himself in a major league. In the last we have seen manger who have dubbed themselves ‘The Special One’ fail at United. So how can we know the Ten Haag will successful in his efforts to return manchester united to greatness. The truthful answer we don’t. But his style of management and football will hopefully prove to be refreshing at a club which is in such dire need of change both in the dressing room and higher up within the club.