Erik ten Hag is set to become Manchester United manager ahead of the 2022/23 season, ending speculation over whom the club would appoint as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s permanent successor.
Since Solskjaer’s sacking in November, Ralf Rangnick has been in temporary charge of first-team matters with the German set to move into an advisory role at the end of 2021/22 campaign. 90min understands that Rangnick’s choice for the job was Ten Hag.
The question is, just what sort of coach are Manchester United getting?
Perhaps more importantly, is Ten Hag the manager who can end United’s concerning trophy drought? Here is a look back at the silverware he has lifted during his fledgling career so far…
The first trophy of Ten Hag’s career came during his time in charge of Bayern Munich’s second-string.
Under his guidance Die Roten’s young guns secured the Regionalliga Bayern title, a league which acts as one of the feeder division to Germany’s third tier.
Ten Hag secured a trophy in his first full season in charge at Ajax / Soccrates Images/GettyImages
Ten Hag’s first proper trophy came in May 2019, when he oversaw Ajax’s 4-0 victory over Willem II in the KNVB Cup final.
Daley Blind opened the scoring for the favourites, before a brace from Klaus-Jan Huntelaar and a late strike from Rasmus Nissen Kristensen sealed an emphatic victory.
The double was secured at the death / Dean Mouhtaropoulos/GettyImages
Ajax followed up their cup success by securing the Eredivisie title a few weeks later.
Top spot was only assured late on in the season after a wobble from long-time leaders PSV Eindhoven.
Ajax’s old rivals sat in first for 25 straight matchdays before Ten Hag’s side finally wrestled their way back to the summit in the final weeks of the season.
Blind scored in the final / Soccrates Images/GettyImages
The Johan Cruyff Shield is the equivalent to the Community Shield in England with the Eredivisie holders squaring off against the KNVB Cup winners.
However, as Ajax lifted both trophies the previously the season they instead squared off against league runners-up PSV in a one-off game.
Kasper Dolberg got them off to a perfect start inside one minute and Blind made sure of the win just after the break.
Scenes / MAURICE VAN STEEN/GettyImages
With the 2019/20 Dutch domestic season cancelled due to the pandemic, Ajax would have to wait until 2021 to defend their KNVB Cup title.
They met Vitesse in the final and won in dramatic circumstances. Ryan Gravenberch opened the scoring in the first half but Ajax were soon pegged back by Ikoma Openda.
David Neres then left it late – very, very late – to seal victory, popping up with a strike in the 91st minute to send the trophy back to Amsterdam.
More silverware / Soccrates Images/GettyImages
PSV ran Ajax close in 2018/19 but the big dogs of Dutch football reasserted their authority during the 2020/21 campaign.
Ten Hag’s charges were crown champions by 16 points this time around, even though their top scorer, Dusan Tadic, only managed 14 goals.
The highlights of the season was a 13-0 – yes 13 – win over VVV-Venlo.