Manchester United stars split over Erik ten Hag’s ‘overwhelming’ appointment

20/03/2022 AFC Ajax - Feyenoord - Dutch Eredivisie

Erik ten Hag is the favorite for the job at Manchester United (Photo by Pieter van der Woude/BSR Agency/Getty Images)

The appointment of Erik ten Hag has divided Manchester United dressing room where some players are said to be ‘underwhelmed’ by the club’s plans to appoint the Dutchman.

The Ajax boss is the clear front-runner to take charge at Old Trafford this summer after impressing club officials during an interview last month.

Mauricio Pochettino is pushing the Dutchman but United are believed to prefer Ten Hag for his attacking philosophy, vision and composure.

The 52-year-old has built two impressive sides at Ajax, the first of which reached the Champions League semi-finals in 2019, beating the likes of Juventus and Real Madrid in the process.


Ten Hag impressed in the interview (Photo by ANP via Getty Images)

Ten Hag then rebuilt the side after selling Mathijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong and the side are on course to win the title again this season.

But the Manchester Evening News report that the prospect of Ten Hag’s appointment has left some parts of the squad ‘underwhelmed’ as they felt the club were appointing a bigger name.

Figures such as Pochettino, Carlo Ancelotti, Zinedine Zidane and Luis Enrique have been associated with the role.

Some United players are genuinely excited about Ten Hag’s appointment and believe the Dutchman’s hands-on coaching could help their game.

That there is a split in the dressing room speaks to the club currently being fractured with up to 11 players expected to leave at the end of the season.

Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Edinson Cavani and Jesse Lingard are all set to leave on free transfers, while Phil Jones, Dean Henderson, Anthony Martial, Donny van de Beek and Eric Bailly are all available.

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