Erik ten Hag is the overwhelming favorite to replace Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United’s permanent manager.
Ibrahim Afellay, a former Barcelona and Netherlands winger, believes there is “no better time” for Erik ten Hag to take over at Manchester United than this summer.
Ten Hag is poised to quit Ajax this summer and take over at Old Trafford, according to the Manchester Evening News. United’s preferred candidate has been identified, and he was interviewed for the role last month.
However, United must still overcome a number of obstacles in order to secure their man. Ten Hag is thought to be looking for assurances on recruitment and how the club is operated on a day-to-day basis, among other things.
However, for former Stoke midfielder Afellay, who retired from the game last year at the age of 33, now is the best time for Ten Hag to take over from Ralf Rangnick. He has claimed that the possibility of United not playing in the Champions League next season could benefit his fellow countryman.
“If he can bend it to his will,” Afellay told Studio Voetbal, “I will surely go.” “If the allegations are to be believed, he has certain needs, which is a good thing.
“He shouldn’t make the move if he doesn’t have to. There has never been a better time to join.
“It appears that they will not qualify for the Champions League.”
United’s 1-0 loss to Everton on Saturday, combined with Tottenham Hotspur’s 4-0 victory over Aston Villa later that day, has placed the Reds six points behind the top four with seven games remaining. Although they still have a mathematical possibility of qualifying for the Champions League next season, their chances are dwindling.
United’s defeat to Everton was yet another low moment in the season, emphasizing their critical need for the summer to arrive and a substantial rebuild to begin. A summer of change is required at Old Trafford, and a large majority of United fans remain confident that Ten Hag will be the man in charge of it.