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Erik ten Hag verbally agrees to become Manchester United’s new manager

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Man United have reportedly reached an agreement in principle with Erik ten Hag to become their new manager.

Manchester United have reached an agreement with Erik ten Hag to become their new boss according to reports.

The Ajax boss was tipped as a favourite to succeed Ralf Rangnick at Old Trafford, and now, according to The Athletic, both parties have an agreement in principle after a formal offer was made on Tuesday.

The report claims that Ten Hag is expected to sign a contract for four years, and no official announcement will be made until after Ajax face PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch Cup final on April 17.

Mauricio Pochettino was also considered a favourite for the job, but Ten Hag looks set to become the Red Devils’ new boss, as he is tasked with bringing glory back to the side.

Meanwhile, Rangnick has remained tight-lipped on any talk of Ten Hag taking over, telling a new conference last week: “From what I know, all the managers the club has so far spoken to are top managers, top coaches. If this includes Erik ten Hag, it is also true with him. That is all I can say at this stage.”

Former United captain Gary Neville warned Ten Hag over taking the job on his Sky Sports podcast.

Neville stated: “If you’re Ralf Rangnick reporting in to ten Hag and answering him honestly, which I suspect he will be, and if you’re [Donny] van de Beek answering him honestly, which I suspect he will be, and we know Edwin van der Sar is over there [at Ajax] who will be speaking to ten Hag honestly.

“They’ll be saying, ‘be very careful, be very careful about going to Manchester United’, because it can be a graveyard at this moment in time for reputations. Ralf Rangnick came in with an incredible reputation. He still has that reputation, but he’s now starting to be wounded by what’s happening around him.

“He looks weaker and more vulnerable on the touchline because of the performances of the players that are nothing to do with him. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a good man, those players liked him, and they turned him over! So it’s a really difficult position for the club to be at. I feel at this moment, like most Manchester United fans, I don’t know where to turn next or what’s going to happen.”

United have struggled this term to break into the top four, and currently find themselves seventh on the Premier League table, six points off Tottenham, who are fourth.