Manchester United have announced the appointment of Ajax boss Erik ten Hag as their next manager.
The 52-year-old Dutchman joins the Old Trafford club on a three-year deal with the option of a further 12 months and will replace interim boss Ralf Rangnick at the end of this season, with the latter set to move into a consultancy role.
Ten Hag had been the frontrunner for the position for some time now and speculation has now been put to bed as he is confirmed to be the fifth permanent manager of Man Utd since Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down nearly a decade ago now.
The move from Man Utd’s polarising hierarchy comes just two days after the club were mauled by arch-rivals Liverpool in the Premier League, losing 4-0 at Anfield as Jurgen Klopp’s men ruthlessly exposed the Red Devils’ soft underbelly for the second time this season.
In need of a pick-me-up, Ten Hag has been announced to much fanfare, with many believing his high-pressing, fluid brand of football, as well as philosophy on shrewd recruitment and youth development, is exactly what is required to lift the club out of its current plateauing state.
With that we’ve scoured the internet to find some of the best reaction to Man Utd’s latest managerial appointment, with many optimistic that Ten Hag could be the man capable of scaling the current Premier League heights to place them on a level with Klopp’s Reds and Pep Guardiola’s City.
|Man United odds (2022-23 season)||Sky Bet|
|Premier League winner||22/1|
|Finish in the top four||1/1|
|Top half finish||1/10|
|Bottom half finish||11/2|
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Good luck to Erik Ten Hag. He needs to be given time to make changes that he wants and most importantly give the club an identity once again.
— Danny Higginbotham (@Higginbotham05) April 21, 2022
Wishing Erik ten Hag great success at MUFC. 👍🏻 MH
— Simply Red (@SimplyRedHQ) April 21, 2022
Erik Ten Hag is officially the best bald manager in the Premier League
— Trey (@UTDTrey) April 21, 2022
There may be more short term pain, but Erik Ten Hag is the right appointment.
He’s not a yes man, he’s made it clear the structure of the club needs improving and he has a distinct philosophy.
It’s time for us to get behind our new manager. pic.twitter.com/x2gdeKnBew
— Alexei (@MUFC_redarmy99) April 21, 2022
Please just make my club great again
— ً (@UtdRaj1) April 21, 2022
Following the humiliation against Liverpool in midweek, Ten Hag may actually be able to exact revenge in his first game in charge…
Erik ten Hag’s first match in charge could be against Liverpool on #MUFC’s pre-season tour in Thailand.
— Brad Cox (@BradJCox_) April 21, 2022
While some are less optimistic that he can produce anything with this current Man Utd squad…
ngl current United squad will make his wins rate drop below 40% smh 😭😭😭
— MARF (@MAF0910) April 21, 2022
Erik ten Hag after a month at Man United pic.twitter.com/edT1IpAAMK
— Janty (@CFC_Janty) April 21, 2022
Some questioned the timing of the announcement…
While others went in a different direction…
Erik ten Hag's appointment would mean both Manchester clubs would have a bald manager for the first time in the clubs' history.
— Squawka (@Squawka) April 12, 2022
Manchester is 👨🦲 https://t.co/I5PBkIUcRq
— Squawka (@Squawka) April 21, 2022