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Erik ten Hag ‘to have second Man Utd interview over managerial position’ with Ajax chief clear favourite to take over

ERIK TEN HAG has reportedly emerged as the clear favourite to take over Manchester United with the Dutchman set to have a second interview for the job.

The Ajax manager has been linked with the Red Devils for weeks as they continue to search for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s long-term successor.

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Erik ten Hag is set for a second interview with Manchester UnitedCredit: Getty

Both he and Paris Saint-Germain’s Mauricio Pochettino have been touted as the main men that the Premier League giants want.

Now The Telegraph states that Ten Hag, 52, has moved into pole position.

Ajax allegedly gave their boss permission to be interviewed by United last week with them willing to accept £4m in compensation for him.

Now another final round of interviews is set to take place before the club names their new manager to step in once interim chief Ralf Rangnick moves upstairs.

United have been doing “due diligence” on Ten Hag since talking to him.

And that included finding out how much it would cost them to prise him away from Amsterdam.

Ten Hag moved to Ajax from Utrecht in 2017 and led them to the Champions League semi-final in 2019.

He has also lifted the Eredivisie twice as well as the KNVB Cup two times.

Ajax are currently two points clear of title rivals PSV in top spot with seven games to go.

And the two teams will also meet in the KNVB Cup final on April 17. 

Meanwhile, former United boss Louis van Gaal has advised compatriot Ten Hag steer clear of a move to the Theatre of Dreams because they are a “commercial club” as opposed to a football one.

He said: “I think Ten Hag is great coach.

“A great coach is good for Man United. But they are a commercial club.

“Those are difficult choices for a coach. He should choose a football club, not a commercial club.”

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