Man Utd risk angering Cristiano Ronaldo with Erik ten Hag decision in dressing room

Manchester United have reached a verbal agreement with Erik ten Hag who is set to become the club’s next permanent manager, signing a three-year deal at Old Trafford

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Manchester United risk angering Cristiano Ronaldo by not consulting him or the dressing room over the proposed Erik ten Hag appointment.

The Red Devils have reached a verbal agreement with the Dutch manager who is set to become the club’s next permanent boss, signing a three-year deal at Old Trafford. Ten Hag will finish the season with Ajax before coming in the summer.

Ten Hag and Mauricio Pochettino were initially the main candidates for the job, but the former became United’s preferred candidate after the process for a new manager officially began. And United have gone against the squad’s wishes by going after Ten Hag.

That has been claimed Pochettino was the dressing room choice to become the new head coach. The club bosses did not assess the group’s opinion on Ten Hag, including Cristiano Ronaldo, who had previously vetoed Antonio Conte when he was available in October, according to the Manchester evening news.

The report says the United hierarchy was “not keen” on the Italian and Ronaldo’s reservations about him were reported back to the board when they decided to stay on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who was eventually sacked in November – at that point Conte was unavailable having joined Spurs. However, the Red Devils chose not to consult the Portgual star this time despite his significant influence in the dressing room as United struck a deal for Ten Hag and paid the 52-year-old’s £1.7million release clause.

Ronaldo’s future at Old Trafford is up in the air amid claims his return to Manchester could be called off in the summer. Ralf Rangnick’s men don’t seem to be too sure Champions League Football next season, which is paramount for Ronaldo as they currently sit outside the top 4.

Erik ten Hag has verbally accepted Manchester United’s offer


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Pochettino might have been the player’s choice for the job, but he was lack of cutlery during his time as manager was ultimately decisive, acc the athlete. Ten Hag, on the other hand, has two doubles in the Dutch league and cup, with a chance to make it a third time this season, and already has experience of a major makeover, which he’s done twice during his five-year spell at the Amsterdam Arena .

Ten Hag was was initially reluctant to accept United’s offer given the scale of the project and how much control he would have over it in terms of recruitment, but once those concerns were allayed he happily accepted her proposal orally.

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