ERIK TEN HAG was officially interviewed for the Manchester United hot seat.
As SunSport exclusively revealed, the Ajax boss is the No. 1 candidate to succeed interim boss Ralf Rangnick as permanent coach.
And now the 52-year-old Dutchman has held formal talks with United bosses over the position, according to the Daily Mail.
Talks are said to have taken place on Monday, with Mauricio Pochettino, Julen Lopetegui and Luis Enrique also lining up for interviews.
But Ten Hag is the firm leader for the position, having edged out Pochettino in the dugout race.
Ten Hag prevailed after the club had spent weeks compiling dossiers on possible dates.
transfer guru Fabrizio Romano claimed that Ten Hag came to the interview with questions about the club’s future transfer kitty.
He also wanted United’s plans for the future to be open in front of him.
The man himself is said to be ‘ready’ for a leap into the Premier League, with his English also improving drastically of late.
Ajax expect Ten Hag to leave at the end of the season and could reportedly pocket up to £4million in compensation for the loss of their head coach.
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The two clubs have a good relationship, largely thanks to United legend Edwin van der Sar as Ajax boss.
Football Director John Murtough and Technical Director Darren Fletcher are overseeing the process of appointing the next manager, with Rangnick himself having a say.
The club are hoping to announce their man next month after beginning formal interviews with their potential candidates.
But Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is no longer in the running for the role.
United are keen to appoint a manager as soon as possible and the uncertainty surrounding Chelsea’s takeover and the sanctions against the club could mean that targeting Tuchel becomes a lengthy process.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/4956347/erik-ten-hag-interviews-man-utd-manager-job/ Ten Hag interviews for Man Utd manager job and asks about transfer budget as Ajax boss prepares for Old Trafford move