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Thursday, 04 July 2024 12:33

Man United's Erik ten Hag signs two-year contract extension.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has signed a contract extension with the club until 2026, the club confirmed on Thursday.

Ten Hag's previous deal, which he signed when he was appointed in 2022, was due to expire in 2025.

"I am very pleased to have reached an agreement with the club to continue working together," Ten Hag said.

"Looking back at the past two years, we can reflect with pride on two trophies and many examples of progression from where we were when I joined.

"However, we must also be clear that there is still lots of hard work ahead to reach the levels 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 vision for reaching those goals, and we are all strongly committed to making that journey together."

Ten Hag, who joined United from Ajax, has won two trophies in two years at Old Trafford.

United finished third in the Premier League during Ten Hag's first season at the club as the Dutchman ended the club's six-year wait for silverware with victory against Newcastle in the Carabao Cup final.

But the Dutchman's second season was far more difficult as United finished eighth in the Premier League and were knocked out of the Champions League group stages.

A 2-1 victory against Manchester City in May's FA Cup final proved vital to Ten Hag keeping his job.

The club, led by co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe following his investment last December, conducted a review of the team's performance across the season following the victory at Wembley.

The review saw United speak to potential replacements for Ten Hag but it was eventually decided that the Dutchman deserved to keep his job in order to work under a new, improved structure.

Ratcliffe has overhauled the club's board structure since taking a 27.7% in the club.

Jason Wilcox, Omar Berrada, Sir Dave Brailsford and Dan Ashworth have all joined in senior positions.

"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 it more consistently," said sporting director Ashworth.

"With our strengthened football leadership team now in place, we are looking forward to working hand-in-hand with Erik to achieve our shared ambitions for this football club."