Manchester United have appointed Erik ten Hag as their new manager.

ESPN reported in early April that United were set to finalise the appointment of Ten Hag and the Dutchman has agreed a three-year deal to take over at Old Trafford, with the option of another year.

Ten Hag becomes United’s fifth permanent manager since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, following David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Former players Ryan Giggs and Michael Carrick have also held caretaker positions during that time.

Ten Hag will stay in charge of Ajax until the end of the season before taking over at United. Ajax lead the Eredivisie table and sit four points clear of second-place PSV Eindhoven with five matches remaining. Ajax end their campaign with a trip to Vitesse on May 15.

“I’m happy that it has been finalised and that it has been officially announced,” Ten Hag said of his move to United. “That clarity is important.

“But I only have one interest now and that’s these last five games. I want to finish my time here on a positive note, by winning the league. By doing so, we’ll qualify directly for the Champions League. Ajax belongs there.”

Ten Hag, 52, has been at Ajax since December 2017, winning the league and cup double in 2019 and 2021, and leading them to the Champions League semifinals in 2019 after knocking out Real Madrid and Juventus along the way.

photo courtesy of