Manchester United is allegedly up against competition for Erik ten Hag, with two European teams reportedly expressing interest in the Dutchman.
Ten Hag is widely regarded as one of the frontrunners to succeed Ralf Rangnick on a long-term basis at Old Trafford. He has impressed since taking over as Ajax manager in 2017, winning two Eredivisie and KNVB Cup doubles in his time at the Johan Cruyff Arena.
The Dutchman met with United earlier this week as the Premier League giants intensified their search for a new manager. He is competing for the position alongside Mauricio Pochettino and Luis Enrique, with Ajax reportedly resigned to losing him in some way at the end of the season.
The Red Devils are eager to appoint a new manager before the end of the season, but they will face a tougher battle than expected to bring in Ten Hag. This is due to the fact that Dutch football expert Marcel van der Kraan has revealed that two other major European clubs are also interested in appointing him as their new manager.
The fact that both of those teams are perennial Champions League qualifiers, as well as regular title challengers, puts them ahead of United. That is something the Red Devils will be unable to offer their new manager, having fallen behind Arsenal in the race for fourth place, as well as trailing Premier League title rivals Liverpool and Manchester City.
“For Erik ten Hag, there are three major opportunities. One of them is Manchester United. “I don’t want to dampen the excitement in England, but perhaps United haven’t finished all of their work yet,” Van der Kraan told Sky Sports.
“They have had positive talks with Ten Hag, but so have two other major European clubs.” These are clubs that compete in the Champions League and have a chance to win national championships.
“One of those clubs is extremely concrete for Ten Hag, and I believe it is on the continent of Europe, not in England.” “I know Ten Hag is quite thrilled about that job as well.”
Given that those two clubs have also approached Ten Hag, United has been informed that if they feel he is their preferred candidate, they must make an offer fast. Talks have been scheduled with Pochettino, Luis Enrique, and Julen Lopetegui, but Van der Kraan believes a decision must be taken soon to avoid missing out.
“If Manchester United wants to get things going, they’ll have to move quickly and make things solid.” “They will have to offer him a contract because I believe there is a serious risk that it will be too late for him,” Van der Kraan added.
“For Ten Hag, the graveyard Manchester United has been for managers may be a consideration.” When you consider how Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer all failed and had their reputations harmed during their tenures at United, not everything has gone smoothly for him. United needs to be more compelling.”