Man Utd news: Erik ten Hag’s long-term vision as start of £16m scouting mission

Manchester United are set to appoint Erik ten Hag as manager after he outlined his five-year plan for the club in interviews as River Plate’s Enzo Fernandez

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Erik ten Hag in profile as Man Utd ‘open talks’ with Ajax boss

Erik ten Hag has set out his five-year plan for Manchester United, with the Dutchman set to take over as manager at Old Trafford.

The Ajax boss is said to have reached an agreement after several weeks of talks with United bosses and is expected to join the club this summer. And details of his successful interviews with John Murtough and Darren Fletcher have gradually surfaced – as the Dutchman laid out his five-year plan for the Red Devils.

It comes as the Old Trafford outfit are reportedly preparing to embark on a huge mission to find Ten Hag’s first signing. And United’s reasons for snubbing Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino have been revealed.

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Reason for Pochettino snub

United bosses diverted their attention from PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino over concerns over his ‘lack of trophies’.

The former Spurs manager was a first frontrunner for the United job alongside Ajax boss Erik ten Hag, who has reached a verbal agreement to succeed Ralf Rangnick at Old Trafford. But senior figures have cast doubt on Pochettino’s “lack of trophies” as the PSG boss had only won one French Cup and one domestic Super Cup in his tenure as manager.

The same figures are said to have been very impressed with Ten Hag’s ability to build two great Ajax sides – as well as the two Dutch league and cup victories he has won.

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Scouting mission started

Manchester United scouts will reportedly travel to Argentina this week to take a look at a player who could become Erik ten Hag’s first signing at Old Trafford.

Reports from Argentina suggest United are keen on River Plate midfielder Enzo Fernandez, who contributed to six goals in 10 games in 2022. The versatile midfielder is said to have written a £16million release clause in his contract and his entourage have reportedly already held talks with United Chiefs.

But they could face competition for his signature as the player is also said to be in talks with Spanish giants real Madrid.

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Ten Hag’s Five Year Plan

United bosses have been impressed with Erik ten Hag’s five-year plan for the club after he revealed his vision for the club in an interview for the manager’s job.

The plans were put to United football director John Murtough and technical director Darren Fletcher as they held talks with the Ajax manager. The Dutchman faces a monumental task when he arrives at Old Trafford and Mirror Football have taken a look at what his five-year plan will entail.

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