Ajax boss Erik ten Hag has emerged over the past few days as United’s preferred candidate to become the club’s next permanent manager.
The Dutchman is contracted with Ajax until next year, but his compensation fee isn’t thought to be an issue.
Should he become Manchester United boss, ten Hag already have a good idea of what to expect, having gained some insight from the club’s greatest ever manager, Sir Alex Ferguson.
Speaking during an interview for Ajax’s YouTube channel in 2020, Ten Hag revealed how he met Ferguson on a previous visit to Carrington. While meeting the legendary manager, he got the chance to speak to him and see how he operated at United.
“Steve and I visited Sir Alex Ferguson when we played Manchester City, the morning before the match we had coffee with him – it was a memorable conversation about football,” Ten Hag said.
“When we visited, Sir Alex Ferguson was sitting in his office, he was the manager and he had an overview of the pitches at Carrington and he could follow the training sessions from his office, it was an experience.”