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Erik ten Hag speaks out for the first time after Man Utd decision as club 'confirm' he's staying put

Erik ten Hag speaks out for the first time after Man Utd decision as club 'confirm' he's staying put

Ten Hag is set to remain as manager at Old Trafford.

Manchester United have seemingly confirmed that Erik ten Hag will remain as manager for the 2024/25 campaign.

Ten Hag's future had been the subject of speculation, with United's owners INEOS reportedly holding talks with several managers in recent weeks over potentially replacing the Dutchman this summer.

But he is now set to remain at Old Trafford for another season after winning the FA Cup in the final match of the domestic campaign.

The Athletic report that United held talks with the 54-year-old over his future on Tuesday and 'the preference of both parties was for his tenure to continue'.

Ten Hag's current United contract runs until next June, with an option to extend by 12 months, and the club are now expected to enter discussions with the former Ajax manager over a new deal.

In an interview released by United on Wednesday, Ten Hag spoke about his plans for pre-season – the club effectively confirming he's set to remain as manager.

"We have a strong first-team squad there with players that can present themselves to the fans," said Ten Hag, speaking about the club's planned pre-season tour to the United States.

"But especially to us. They have the levels to play in our team for next season. There will be a mix, with experienced players together with some young players.

"[The squad will be] as strong as possible but, of course, the players who go far in the Copa America and the Euros will not be involved."

United have eight players competing at Euro 2024, representing Denmark [Christian Eriksen and Rasmus Hojlund], England [Luke Shaw and Kobbie Mainoo], Portugal [Diogo Dalot and Bruno Fernandes], Scotland [Scott McTominay] and Turkey [Altay Bayindir].

Meanwhile, Tom Heaton is also with Gareth Southgate's side after being called up as a training goalkeeper.

The Copa America could also feature several United players with Argentina duo Lisandro Martinez and Alejandro Garnacho, plus Uruguay's Facundo Pellistri, set to compete for their nations.

Ten Hag is set to remain as United manager (Image: Getty)
Ten Hag is set to remain as United manager (Image: Getty)

"Pre-season is about preparing for the season and we have to make that our next step," added Ten Hag.

"It is one of the only times when you have the team together, and you can work in training on structures, the way of play, but also on certain standards around the team and that’s very important to take this period and use it effectively.

"We will bring players like Kobbie [Mainoo], who was very unknown by that time, and now everyone knows him.

"So if you want to have the first glimpse of players - maybe new players or young players who are coming up through the Academy, then this is your opportunity."

Some United players were reportedly 'shocked' that the club opted to keep Ten Hag, with the Telegraph claiming some were convinced he would be dismissed this summer.

However, Alejandro Garnacho has seemingly given his backing to the decision by 'liking' a post on social media supporting Ten Hag.

United begin their pre-season with a friendly against Rosenborg in Norway on July 15 before racing Rangers at Murrayfield on July 20.

They then travel to the United States, where they will take on Arsenal, Real Betis and Liverpool in friendlies.

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Topics: Manchester United, Erik Ten Hag, Premier League, Football