MANCHESTER UNITED are desperate to announce Erik ten Hag as their new boss to head off a huge fans protest at their next home game.
Ten Hag is the No1 choice and it is understood United players have been told he has got the job.
But confirmation has been delayed with Ajax still in a battle for the Dutch league title.
Ajax lead PSV Eindhoven by four points with five games to go. They lost the Dutch Cup final to the same rivals last Sunday.
The Amsterdam giants are nervous that an announcement about Ten Hag – coupled with a title run-in collapse – would infuriate their fans.
United are respectful of their wishes but would dearly like to end speculation about the future at the club and convince fans it is in the right hands with Ten Hag.
There was a protest at Old Trafford against the Glazer ownership ahead of Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Norwich.
Now calls have gone out on social media for an even bigger one ahead of their penultimate home game in the Premier League a week today against Chelsea.
United’s 4-0 hammering at Liverpool on Tuesday triggered a fresh outpouring of anger from fans and pundits at the state of the club.
They now sit sixth in the Premier League with their hopes of a top four spot and qualification for the Champions League dwindling.
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Yesterday chief scout Jim Lawlor and head of global scouting Marcel Bout became the first victims of United’s rebuild.
Lawlor left after 16 years with the club while Bout had been at Old Trafford since 2014.
The club’s recruitment has been heavily criticised over the last nine years since Sir Alex Ferguson retired with a £1billion outlay failing to deliver one serious title challenge.
They are now without a trophy for a fifth consecutive season.