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Profile of Manchester United incoming manager Erik ten Hag

Born on February 2, 1970 Erik Ten Hag is currently the manager of Premier League club Manchester United.

Erik ten Hag is a former Dutch professional footballer who played as a center-back for the Netherlands and mostly FC Twente.

Which teams did Erik ten Hag played as a footballer?

Throughout his thirteen years as a player, Erik ten Hag played for for different club’s. Ten Hag began his career with FC Twente in the Dutch Eridivisie.

Following that he had stint with Da Graafschap, RKC Waalwijk and Utrecht.

Then a center-back, the ex Netherlands man was mostly noted during his days at FC Twente. He spent a chunk of his playing time at Twente.

How many trophies did Erik ten Hag won as a player?

Spending little time as a player on the field, Erik ten Hag won two titles as a player. He won his first trophy (Eerste Divisie) with Da Graafschap in 1990-91.

Ten years later Ten Hag won his second and last title (KNVB Cup) as a player with FC Twente.

Which teams/club’s has incoming Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag managed?

In the year 2012, Erik ten Hag managed his first ever club named Go Ahead Eagles in the Eerste Divisie. During his first season he successful led club to its first promotion in 17 years.

He further had stint with Bayern Munich II before becoming the technical director and head coach of Utrecht in the summer of 2015.

Spending two seasons with Utrecht, Erik ten Hag was appointed the manager of Ajax on December 21, 2017, replacing them manager Marcel Keizer.

Man United incoming manager Erik ten Hag

He gain the spotlight at Ajax after guiding the club to the 2019 Uefa Champions League semis. Again, he won his first ever managerial trophy (2018–19 KNVB Cup) with Ajax.

Erik ten Hag, on 16 January 2022, became the fastest manager in Dutch league history to reach 100 wins with Ajax, achieving the feat in 128 matches.

How many trophies has Erik ten Hag won as a manager

The ex Dutch international cannot boost of much trophies as a manager. However, he has won quite some notable honours as a coach. These includes;

  • Regionalliga Bayern – 1
  • Eredivisie – 2
  • KNVB Cup – 2
  • Johan Cruyff Shield – 1

Erik ten Hag tactics or playing style

Ten Hag occasionally used a back three but mostly favoured the 4-4-2 diamond or 4-3-3 formations.

The use of this midfield diamond meant that attacking width and crosses were most commonly supplied by the full-backs. Inside, Ten Hag’s structure allowed for multiple rotations. The single pivot at the base of the diamond often dropped into the back line (below). This helped with the build-up, but also encouraged the full-backs to push even further forward. The number 10 often rotated with the number eights on either side of the diamond, while dropping movements from a second forward helped create overloads and short passing options in central areas.

Manchester United have signed Erik ten Hag on an initial three-year deal

Man United have announced Erik ten Hag as it new manager after agreeing a deal with the Dutchman. United have initially signed him on a three-year deal.

The contract begins from the summer of 2025 with an option for another year to 2026.

The club [Manchester United] confirmed by saying:

“We were deeply impressed with his long-term vision for returning Man United to the level we want to be competing at, and his drive and determination to achieve that”.

It now official, Erik ten Hag is Manchester United next manager.

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