Manchester United’s assistant manager, Ryan Giggs, has reportedly recommended Ajax coach Erik ten Hag as a potential replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The club is said to be considering the Dutchman as a possible successor if Solskjaer fails to deliver results.
Giggs, who enjoyed a successful career at United as a player, believes that ten Hag’s tactical acumen and ability to develop young players would make him a good fit for the club. The former Wales international has been impressed by the work ten Hag has done at Ajax, including guiding the team to the Champions League semi-finals in the 2018/2019 season.
United’s interest in ten Hag comes amidst growing pressure on Solskjaer, with the club currently sitting in fifth place in the Premier League table. Despite a promising start to the season, the team has struggled in recent weeks, leading to speculation about Solskjaer’s future.
In addition to considering a new manager, United is also said to be eyeing Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho. The 20-year-old Englishman has been in impressive form for the German club and is seen as a long-term target for United. However, Dortmund’s reported asking price of £73 million could prove to be a stumbling block in any potential deal.
The report also suggests that there are concerns within the United dressing room about Solskjaer’s tactical approach and his ability to motivate the players. Some players are said to be frustrated with the lack of progress under the Norwegian, particularly in terms of challenging for major trophies.
It remains to be seen whether United will make a move for ten Hag or Sancho, but the pressure is mounting on Solskjaer to turn things around. With the club’s ambitions of returning to the top of English football, the next few months could prove crucial in determining the direction of Manchester United.