He will succeed Germany manager Ralf Rangnick, who has been brought in on a temporary basis to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, a popular former United player who was appointed with little top coaching experience and struggled to accept the magnitude of the task. to manage United, a team with a global fan base and expectations of success. He wasn’t the only one who failed to live up to those high expectations.
United have stumbled from manager to manager with varying formulas – top tier figures like Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho as well as Scotsman David Moyes, Ferguson’s hand-picked successor – without ever looking like a winner. approaching to lay the foundations that could set the team back on course for continued success.
Ten Hag’s appointment comes two days after United were humiliated 4-0 at Liverpool, who are currently locked in a neck and neck race with City for the Premier League title. United have drifted to sixth place, 23 points behind leaders City, and are at risk of not qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
His appointment is not unexpected. United had long targeted him as a possible new manager and spoke with him on numerous occasions as they considered planning for the future. United had landed ten Hag, 52, with Argentinian Mauricio Pochettino, the Paris St. Germain manager, who has won admirers for his team building work at Tottenham Hotspur. It was ultimately ten Hag who was given the opportunity to revive the fallen giant.
“In our conversations with Erik prior to this appointment, we were deeply impressed with his long-term vision to bring Manchester United back to the level we want to compete at, and his drive and determination to get there,” said John Murtough. , United. director of football, said.
United’s slide has been so deep that it may be years before ten Hags make United challengers for the biggest titles. Current manager Rangnick said so after the miserable performance against Liverpool, in which many United fans left the stadium long before the referee put an end to the humiliation.
“It’s embarrassing, it’s disappointing, maybe even humiliating,” a chastened but clear-eyed Rangnick said on Tuesday. “We have to accept that they are six years ahead of us now. When Jurgen Klopp arrived, they changed at the club and lifted not only the team, but also the club and the city to a new level. This is what must happen with us in the next transfer windows.