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Ten Hag: I’m the best manager for Manchester Unite

Manchester United manager, Erik ten Hag | File Image

‘Manchester United have told me that they spoke with Tuchel, but they eventually came to the conclusion that they already have the best manager’

By Valentine Amanze

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has revealed that he retained his job after a turbulent 2023/24 because he was the best.

Ten Hag disclosed this after Manchester United struggled to take eighth position in the 2023/24 Premier League, their lowest finish since 1990, and crashed out of the Champions League at the group stage.

Erik ten Hag also revealed Sunday that the Manchester club had admitted courting Thomas Tuchel to replace him but opted to persevere with him when “they came to the conclusion that they already have the best manager”.

The Ten Hag, who brought hope of retaining his job at Old Trafford, with a 2-1 FA Cup victory against the defending champion, Manchester City, at Wembley, narrated to NOS on Sunday how the Manchester United management came to believe in him again.

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His words: “The club management came to me, while I was on holiday in Ibiza.

“They suddenly showed up on my doorstep and told me they wanted to continue with me. It was a turbulent season. Never a dull moment.”

The 54-year-old Ten Hag was the subject of intense scrutiny after United ended last season eighth in the Premier League.

But he did help salvage something from the campaign thanks to a 2-1 FA Cup final win over local rivals Manchester City at Wembley that also secured a place in next season’s Europa League.

Former Tottenham and Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino and Kieran McKenna, the boss of newly-promoted Ipswich, were both touted for a job where there was technically no vacancy – Ten Hag’s contract with United is about to enter its final season.

Other managers linked to United included Graham Potter, Thomas Frank, Roberto De Zerbi and current England boss Gareth Southgate.

Also read: How Manchester United silenced critics with FA Cup victory at Wembley

But it was former Chelsea and Bayern Munich boss Tuchel who attracted United’s interest.

The German reportedly met with United co-owner Jim Ratcliffe, only to appear to rule himself out.

Ten Hag is United’s fifth permanent manager since the end of Alex Ferguson’s trophy-filled reign in 2013, following David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

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