Ajax manager Erik ten Hag 100 per cent interested in Man Utd job on one condition

Manchester United sack Ole Gunnar after Watford defeat

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer waved goodbye to his position as Manchester United manager on Sunday after he was sacked following a spate of poor results. And with reports linking Ajax boss Erik ten Hag with the vacant position, it is believed he would be interested in the job should he be offered it.

Solskjaer was sacked less than 24 hours after United humiliatingly lost 4-1 at relegation-threatened Watford on Saturday afternoon.

Two Watford goals in each half consigned United to another embarrassing loss just weeks after similarly dire losses to Leicester, Liverpool and Manchester City.

Donny van de Beek’s header gave United a small inkling of hope to make it 2-1, but a bizarre Harry Maguire red card just 20 minutes later left United in the lurch.

Solskjaer’s men have played this way for two months, with fans who were calling for his head finally getting their wish.

And a move for Ajax man Ten Hag could happen rather easily, with reports he would be 100 per cent interested in the job.

Sky Sports’ Dharmesh Sheth suggested in a tweet on Sunday afternoon that the Dutchman would be willing to make the switch from Amsterdam to Manchester should an approach be made.

However it appears any move will have to wait a few months.

Ajax would be unwilling to let him leave mid-season, especially with the club having conceded just two goals in 12 league games and topping a Champions League group that contains Borussia Dortmund.

But with just 18 months left on his contract, Ten Hag may force a move over the summer.

Ten Hag joined from Utrecht in 2017, and instantly led Ajax to what should have been three consecutive titles had Covid-19 not disrupted the 2019-20 season.

More famously though, he led the club to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals in 2018-19 where they led 3-0 against Tottenham after half-time in the second leg.

Having advanced past Real Madrid and Juventus in the knockouts, they seemed destined to take on Liverpool in the final.

But a Lucas Moura hat-trick halted that and set up an all-English final.

United currently sit seventh in the table and could drop to eighth should Tottenham beat Leeds on Sunday afternoon.

They face Villarreal away next in a crunch clash in the Champions League, where a win will all but seal a spot in the knockout rounds.

And caretaker manager Michael Carrick will have a lot to do to improve on Saturday’s performance.

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