Ajax boss Erik ten Hag is set to be confirmed as Manchester United’s new manager.
United say no deal has been agreed, but sources in the Netherlands suggest a tentative deal is in place.
The Dutchman, 52, will replace Ralf Rangnick, who was appointed interim manager in November following the dismissal of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Former Tottenham boss of Paris St-Germain Mauricio Pochettino was the other main candidate.
Official confirmation of Ten Hag’s appointment is not expected until Ajax’s Dutch Cup final against PSV Eindhoven on Sunday.
Ajax lead the Eredivisie four points clear of PSV as they aim to win their third Dutch league title under Ten Hag.
They lost to Portuguese side Benfica in the Champions League Round of 16.
Ten Hag’s appointment will bring a sense of certainty
United will be relieved when Ten Hag’s appointment is made official, on what is expected to be a three-year deal with the option of a further year. It will bring a sense of certainty to a club whose season is unfolding alarmingly as Rangnick struggles with an increasing number of problems.
Amid many suggestions of dressing room splits, United now look unlikely to secure a Champions League spot next season after a one-in-seven win streak in all competitions, their worst streak of results since 2019.
With many big-name players either out of contract, like Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard, or facing uncertain futures, like Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford, it promises to be an upset summer at Old Trafford.
It was felt that Ten Hag’s managerial style was more suited to the structures put in place at United, which include John Murtough as Director of Football.
Ten Hag will become Old Trafford’s fifth permanent manager since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.