Manchester United players have reportedly been informed about Erik ten Hag’s imminent appointment as boss. The Dutchman already has a verbal agreement in place to take the reins from the end of the season, and an announcement is expected after the Red Devils’ clash with Arsenal this Saturday.
United fans were left crying out for a shred of good news after they were thrashed 4-0 by Liverpool at Anfield on Tuesday evening. They were forced to withstanding another brutally lacklustre performance as the Reds ran riot, much as they did at Old Trafford earlier this season.
They may not have to wait too long for the good news to come, as The Mirror report that players have already been made aware of Ten Hag’s arrival. It adds that an official announcement, which was supposedly being put off out of respect to Ajax, is expected after Saturday’s date with the Gunners.
Interim boss Ralf Rangnick is still poised to see out his touchline duties until the end of the campaign, although many players and fans appear to have given up on hopes of finishing in the top four and qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
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United threatened to make a late charge for the top four last weekend when their victory over Norwich City coincided with defeats for Tottenham and Arsenal. But the painful loss to bitter rivals Liverpool, and the very nature of it, looks to have relegated them from the race once again.
Tough meetings with the Gunners and Chelsea are up next, and Ten Hag’s prospective announcement could come as a welcome boost if performances fail to pick up.