Man United 'have NOT consulted squad about appointing Erik ten Hag'

Man United ‘have NOT consulted the squad about appointing Erik ten Hag as the new permanent boss’ despite them preferring Mauricio Pochettino – as Dutchman edges closer to being appointed

  • Erik ten Hag has verbally agreed to become the new manager of Man United 
  • Sportsmail revealed in February United players preferred Mauricio Pochettino 
  • Reports claim the squad have not been asked their opinion about the Dutchman
  • Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly vetoed potential appointment of Antonio Conte 

Manchester United have reportedly not consulted the playing staff over the expected arrival of Erik ten Hag as the club’s new permanent manager. 

Sportsmail understands the Dutchman verbally agreed the framework of a deal on Tuesday morning after United presented him with a three-year contract that includes the option for a fourth year.

The search for a permanent successor to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been ongoing for almost two months, with Paris Saint-Germain’s Mauricio Pochettino, Spain boss Luis Enrique and Sevilla manager Julen Lopetegui all considered.

Erik ten Hag has verbally agreed to take over Man United’s next permanent manager

But reports claim the squad were not consulted about appointment of the Dutchman

But The Manchester Evening News claim United chiefs did not seek the group’s opinion on the Ajax boss, with Sportsmail revealing in February the players were in favour of Pochettino taking over as manager at the end of the season.

That could risk upsetting the squad including Cristiano Ronaldo, who the same outlet claims vetoed the potential appointment of current Tottenham manager Antonio Conte back when he was available in October.

The report claims the United hierarchy were ‘not keen’ on the former Chelsea boss even before reservations were aired by Ronaldo, killing any chance of Solskjaer being immediately sacked amid the club’s poor form.

Sportsmail revealed in February the United squad were in favour of Mauricio Pochettino coming in

The Norwegian was eventually sacked in late November following a crushing defeat by Watford, a few weeks after Conte had been appointed as Nuno Espirito Santo’s successor in north London.

But now the club risk facing the wrath of the squad over ten Hag, with the United hierarchy set to meet their Ajax counterparts in the coming days to formalise a release agreement, including a compensation deal of around £1.7million.

Mitchell van der Gaag, the former Motherwell centre-back, is ten Hag’s No 2 at Ajax and is ready to follow his boss to Old Trafford.

Robin van Persie has been linked with a role at his old club but there are work-permit issues.

Reports meanwhile suggest Cristiano Ronaldo (L) vetoed potential appointment of Antonio Conte (R)

The 38-year-old has only recently returned to Holland to coach Feyenoord’s youth teams, including his son, with the opportunity to move up.

Ten Hag has impressed with Ajax since taking charge in 2017, having previously worked as second-team boss at Bayern Munich when Pep Guardiola was in charge in Bavaria. 

The 52-year-old guided Ajax to the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2019, where they lost against Spurs courtesy of a dramatic late Lucas Moura goal.  

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