Erik ten Hag's Manchester United contract extended until 2026


Manchester United have extended the contract of Erik ten Hag until June 2026.

Ten Hag already had a contract with Old Trafford until 2025, but the club have now triggered an option for an additional 12 months.

The 54-year-old was retained as United manager following the club's end-of-season review and has now extended his previous deal on current terms – which was due to expire at the end of the upcoming 2024-25 season.

The Dutchman was appointed as United manager in 2022, having won six trophies in four-and-a-half seasons in charge of Ajax – including three Eredivisie titles.

“I am very happy to have reached an agreement to continue working together with the club,” Ten Hag said.

“Looking back on the last two years, we can reflect with pride on the two trophies and the many examples of progress we have made since I joined. However, we must also be clear that there is still a lot of hard work to do to reach the level expected of Manchester United, which means challenging for English and European titles.

“In my discussions with the club, we have found complete unity in our approach to reaching those goals, and we are all firmly committed to completing that journey together.”

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The club's new sporting director Dan Ashworth, who was appointed at Old Trafford earlier this week, said of Ten Hag's contract renewal: “With two trophies in the last two seasons, Erik has strengthened his record as one of the most consistently successful coaches in European football.

“While the club's review of last season highlighted areas for improvement, it also reached the clear conclusion that Eric was the best partner for us to work with to raise standards and results. This group of players and staff have already shown they are capable of competing and winning at the top level; now we need to do this more consistently.”

United's eighth-place finish in the Premier League in the 2023–24 season was their lowest since 1990, while they were also knocked out of the Champions League in the group stage.

However, Ten Hag secured his first FA Cup success since 2016 with victory in the final over Manchester City, while he won the Carabao Cup in his first season – ending United's six-year streak without a trophy.

Ten Hag led United to FA Cup success in May (Crystal Pix/MB Media/Getty Images)


Ten Hag led United to FA Cup success in May (Crystal Pix/MB Media/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, United are in talks to add Ruud van Nistelrooy and Rene Hek to Ten Hag's coaching staff, and discussions are ongoing about a coaching reshuffle.

Athletic It was reported in June that first-team coach Benni McCarthy would leave the club at the end of his contract, while assistant coach Mitchell van der Gaag is likely to leave. Steve McClaren and Darren Fletcher are both likely to remain on Ten Hag's staff.

Athletic It is also reported that former United striker Van Nistelrooy is in talks for a return to Old Trafford, having previously been a candidate for the vacant Burnley managerial position.

Van Nistelrooy scored 150 goals in 219 games for United between 2001 and 2006 to establish himself as a fans' favourite, and won the Dutch Cup during his one season in charge of PSV Eindhoven.

Heck, 47, has been without a managerial job since leaving PSV one game before the 2022-23 season ended, and Ten Hag is likely to join the coaching staff alongside Heck, 52, who will leave his position as head coach of Eredivisie club Go Ahead Eagles, where Ten Hag's management career began.

Heck is an experienced coach, having managed five clubs in the Netherlands, including two seasons at FC Twente and 18 months as head coach of FC Utrecht.

Van der Gaag, who harbours ambitions of becoming head coach once again, and McCarthy both join United in the summer of 2022, along with Ten Hag.

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