Ten Hag’s first words as Man Utd boss as he admits "difficult" decision to move

Erik ten Hag has admitted it was a "difficult" decision to move to Manchester United from Ajax in his first words since his appointment.

The Red Devils confirmed the long-awaited news that Ten Hag will become the club's new permanent manager at the end of the season, joining the club from Ajax. He will replace interim boss Ralf Rangnick, who will move into an advisory role with the club having taken over from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer earlier this season.

Speaking for the first time since his appointment was confirmed, Ten Hag reflected on the decision to leave his job in the Netherlands.

“It is a great honour to be appointed manager of Manchester United and I am hugely excited by the challenge ahead," he revealed via the club's 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.”

Ten Hag will leave Ajax after four-and-a-half years in Amsterdam having arrived from Utrecht back in December 2017. He has won two league and cup doubles in the Netherlands, first in 2019 and then again in 2021.

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The United job marks the second time he has worked outside of his homeland, after spending two seasons in charge of Bayern Munich's reserve side in Germany.

Solskjaer's replacement will be given three years to turn United's fortunes around having signed a contract through until the summer of 2025.

A major squad overhaul is expected at Old Trafford, with United at risk of missing out on Champions League qualification this season after Tuesday's 4-0 thrashing by Liverpool left them in sixth in the Premier League.

Elimination in Europe and both domestic cup competitions has also meant that United will end the season without a trophy for the fifth season in a row.

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