EPL: Man Utd make final decision on next permanent manager

Manchester United have decided to hire Ajax’s Erik Ten Hag as their next permanent manager, ESPN reports.

The 52-year-old was interviewed by senior officials at Old Trafford last month.

Ten Hag was on a four-man shortlist alongside Paris Saint-Germain’s Mauricio Pochettino, Spain coach Luis Enrique and Sevilla’s Julen Lopetegui.

Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel and Bayern Munich’s Julian Nagelsmann were deemed to be out of reach, because of their commitment to their present employers.

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United have now settled on Ten Hag as their new manager and he is ready to leave the Dutch champions to take charge at United at the end of the season.

The choice of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s successor ultimately came down to a straight battle between Ten Hag and Pochettino, but the difficulties experienced by Pochettino at PSG this season, combined with the potential cost of releasing him from the remaining 12 months of his contract at Parc des Princes, left the former Tottenham manager behind Ten Hag for both football and financial reasons.

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