Manchester United: Ajax chief executive Edwin van der Sar welcomes interest in boss Erik ten Hag

Ajax chief Edwin van der Sar has welcomed Manchester United’s interest in their manager Erik ten Hag as it shows the Eredivisie club are ‘doing something right.’ 

Sportsmail reported last month that highly-rated coach Ten Hag was on United’s shortlist to become their permanent manager next summer following the expected six-month tenure of interim coach Ralf Rangnick. 

Ten Hag previously rejected an offer from Tottenham earlier this year and with his contract running until 2023 has said he won’t ‘chase’ a big job – and Van der Sar actually sees the speculation as a positive. 

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Ajax chief Edwin van der Sar has welcomed Manchester United’s interest in Erik ten Hag

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‘This means that we are doing something well,’ ex-United goal keeper Van der Sar told Dutch channel RTL 7 while addressing speculation surrounding Ten Hag’s links with the Red Devils. 

‘It’s the same with the players. When we perform well, the interest comes.

‘If there is interest in our players or coach… we’ve all been blown away in the past. So be it, we have to make sure we’re ready by then, that the lists are filled in.’

Ajax cruised to qualification for the Champions League knockout-round, winning all six of their group games, and Ten Hag also led the Dutch side to the semi-finals in 2019. 

Ajax cruised to the Champions League knockout-round, winning all six of their group games

He has previously been quoted on his future: ‘I think I’m ready for it [to move to a top foreign club]. I would be happy to take up that challenge.

‘But I’m not chasing it. If it turns out that that step will never come, I will not say that my coaching career has failed. But I think I have sufficient competences to take on that challenge.’  

United interim boss Rangnick won his first game in charge of the team at the weekend against Crystal Palace.  

United interim boss Ralf Rangnick won his first game in charge of the team at the weekend

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