Manchester United’s new manager, Erik Ten Hag, has admitted that his negotiations with the English giants dragged on before he could accept the job offer.
There were reports that the Dutchman wanted to be in charge of the transfers, which threatened the deal, but once he could not back down from his demands, United had to bow to his demands and give him work.
Speaking to NOS, the former Bayern Munich youth coach indicated that the reports may have been true.
“Why did it only become official this week and not before? Because we reached an agreement. Reaching a deal is not only about the coach and Manchester United, Ajax also plays a role and everything should be taken care of,” she said.
Despite the early announcement, Haag insisted his current focus is with Ajax as he seeks to leave them with the league title.
“How do I feel about joining the biggest club in Europe? It’s a big challenge and I’m looking forward to it, but my focus is on Ajax. We are in the title race and play a final every week,” he added.
Little has been said about the coach’s plan in the summer, but there is a possibility that he will bring up new faces for United as players like Paul Pogba prepare to leave.