Manchester United and Ajax coach Erik ten Hag have held “good” conversations about the vacant manager’s position at Old Trafford, according to reports on Wednesday.
Since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was ousted in November after nearly three years in command, Ralf Rangnick has been in charge of the struggling Premier League heavyweights on an interim basis.
Sky Sports said that negotiations with Ten Hag were “good,” with club executives reportedly intrigued by his vision. However, it is known that it is too early to discuss favorite candidates for the role.
Mauricio Pochettino of Paris Saint-Germain, Julen Lopetegui of Sevilla, and Luis Enrique of Spain are among the other candidates.
Due to the upheaval at the London club following penalties imposed on Russian owner Roman Abramovich, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel was suggested as a prospective option, but he has reiterated his commitment to the Blues.
Ten Hag, who took over at Ajax in 2017, won the Dutch league title in 2019 and 2021, and his team presently leads the table by two points over PSV Eindhoven.
The 52-year-contract old’s with Ajax expires in 2023, but United has strong ties with the Dutch club, whose chief executive is former goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar.
With a slew of senior players out of contract at the end of the season, including Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, and Edinson Cavani, whomever takes over at Old Trafford will have a significant rebuilding project.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s future, who returned to United in August after a poor season with the club, has also been the subject of much conjecture.
United was knocked out of the Champions League last week, losing in the last 16 to Atletico Madrid, and is struggling to finish in the Premier League’s top four.
Rangnick will stay at Old Trafford in a consulting role for another two years after his interim employment ends at the end of the season.