Man United faces competition from two other European clubs for the services of Erik ten Haag according to Dutch football expert Marcel van der Kraan. Recently, United had advanced talks with Ten Haag as they look to find a permanent replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Ralf Rangnick took over as interim manager until the end of the season. The club wants to decide on a new manager before the end of the season.
“There are three major opportunities for Erik ten Haag. Manchester United is only one of them. I don’t want to dampen the excitement in England but maybe United has not done all the work yet,” Marcel van der Kraan said about Erik ten Haag becoming the next Man United manager. “Yes, they’ve had positive talks with Ten Hag but so have two other major clubs in Europe. These are clubs who play Champions League football and who have chances to win titles in their own country. One of those clubs is very concrete for Ten Hag, and I think that is on mainland Europe – not in England. I know for a fact that Ten Hag is very excited about that job too.”
“If Manchester United wants to get things going, they will have to speed things up and make things concrete. They will have to put a contract out to him because I think there’s a real danger it could become too late for him,” he added. “For Ten Hag, there may be the consideration of the graveyard Manchester United has been for managers. Not everything during his career has gone well for United when you see how Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have all failed and seen their reputations damaged. It needs some more convincing from United.”