The English record champions announced their new coach on Thursday. Erik ten Hag is to lead the stumbling top club back to success. Rangnick will also remain at United.

Former Munich amateur coach Erik ten Hag is to lead English football record champions Manchester United back to their former strength. As expected, the 52-year-old Dutchman will join the Red Devils in the summer from Ajax Amsterdam and will receive a contract until 2025, the club announced by interim team manager Ralf Rangnick. The contract also includes an option for another season.

Ten Hag, who coached the second team in the Regionalliga at FC Bayern from 2013 to 2015, spoke of a “great honour”. He was “determined to develop a team that will deliver the success” that United fans deserved. Leaving Ajax after four and a half “incredible” years was “difficult”, he admitted.

One of the “most exciting coaches in Europe”

United’s club director John Murtough called ten Hag, who won the double with the Dutch record champions in 2019 and 2021, one of the “most exciting and successful coaches in Europe”. He stands for attractive attacking football, relies on youth and has “deeply impressed” the bosses in talks.

Rangnick played a key role in the signing of his successor. He is to remain at United after the end of the season in an advisory capacity, but his exact role is open.