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done deal? Erik ten Hag already considering options for Manchester United coaching team

Ten Hag, 52, has been in charge at Dutch giants Ajax since December 2017

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Erik ten Hag has verbally agreed to take over at Manchester United this summer, according to reports (Tess Derry/PA)

Erik ten Hag has verbally agreed to take over at Manchester United this summer, according to reports (Tess Derry/PA)

Erik ten Hag has verbally agreed to take over at Manchester United this summer, according to reports (Tess Derry/PA)

Erik ten Hag reportedly wants to add Mitchell van der Gaag, his assistant at Ajax, to his Manchester United coaching ticket.

Ten Hag has taken a major stride towards becoming the next United manager after reaching an agreement in principle with the club, according to reports.

Ten Hag, 52, has been in charge at Dutch giants Ajax since December 2017 but he has been repeatedly linked with the United hot seat this summer, with Ralf Rangnick set to move into a consultancy role.

According to The Athletic, Van der Gaag is likely to join Ten Hag at Old Trafford in the summer.

Van der Gaag joined Ten Hag at first team level last summer, having previously worked with the Ajax reserves. The 50-year-old has also previously managed Maritimo and Belenenses in Portugal, guiding the latter to the top flight, as well as Dutch clubs SBV Excelsior and NAC Breda.

Paris St Germain head coach Mauricio Pochettino was also on United’s wishlist but the Athletic has reported Ten Hag has verbally agreed to take over from interim boss Rangnick at the end of the season.

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Ralf Rangnick is in interim charge of Manchester United until the end of the season (Martin Rickett/PA)

Ralf Rangnick is in interim charge of Manchester United until the end of the season (Martin Rickett/PA)

Ralf Rangnick is in interim charge of Manchester United until the end of the season (Martin Rickett/PA)

However, it is understood that while United’s search for a new manager is at an advanced stage, no agreement has been reached with any candidate and the process remains ongoing.

Rangnick agreed to take interim charge of United last November following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The club face missing out on the Champions League next season as they sit three spots and six points adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham in the Premier League with seven games of the campaign remaining.

But that seems to have been no obstacle in attracting another standout European coach, with Ten Hag winning the Eredivisie and Dutch Cup twice while he led Ajax to the 2019 Champions League semi-finals.

Ajax are on course for another domestic double – they are four points clear of second-placed PSV Eindhoven and will take on their rivals in the final of the Dutch Cup this weekend.

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