Ajax Amsterdam coach, Erik Ten Hag, jumps to the forefront of the list of prospective Manchester United managers if the club does not continue with Ralf Rangnick. There are two factors that make Ten Hag considered the most ideal candidate to fill the hot seat at Old Trafford.
What are the supporting factors that make Ten Hag very worthy of being a candidate for Manchester United manager next season, precisely if Ralf Rangnick moves to another role at the club?
The first factor is Ajax Amsterdam’s brilliant record in the Champions League this season. Thanks to Ten Hag’s cool hand, Ajax appeared extraordinary in the group stage.
Just like Liverpool, Ajax managed to wipe out six wins in the Champions League group stage. They are joined by Borussia Dortmund, Sporting Lisbon and Besiktas.
This is the first time for Ajax that they have managed to wipe out a victory in the grip phase of the Champions League. In fact, when they won the Champions League in 1995, Ajax’s start was not that shiny.
The second factor is Ajax Amsterdam’s great performance in the domestic arena, namely the Eredivisie. They are entrenched at the top of the standings, and are favorites to win the Dutch League for three consecutive seasons.
Manchester United have indeed identified Ten Hag as a manager who can restore the club’s former glory. The 51 – year – old coach ‘s admission that he was looking for a new challenge has opened the door to the hot seat at Manchester United .
Ralf Rangnick’s record
Meanwhile, Manchester United had to fight hard when they beat Norwich City in the English League, Sunday (12/12/2021) early morning WIB. However, the Red Devils 1-0 victory in that match made Ralf Rangnick record a milestone that legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson failed to achieve.
Ralf Rangnick became the first Manchester United manager in 118 years to keep two clean sheets in his first two Premier League games.
Manchester United’s victory in the match was confirmed through a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty in the second half. Another goal was not present, but the three points are still in the hands of MU.
Although the appearance of the players looked sluggish and lackluster, the clean sheet in two consecutive matches in the domestic league was a stroke for the Red Devils to face their previous matches. What is clear, Ferguson failed to record a similar achievement when he arrived at Old Trafford.
Ferguson’s start at Manchester United
Ferguson started his long adventure at Old Trafford in November 1986. The start really didn’t go smoothly.
His first match after being lined up to replace Ron Atkinson ended in disaster. Manchester United smothered Oxford United 0-2.
Uniquely, Ferguson’s second match in the domestic league was also against Norwich City. The difference, at that time Manchester United were held to a goalless draw.