MANCHESTER UNITED have been given a boost in bringing Erik ten Hag to Old Trafford after the Ajax boss declared he is ready for the next step.
The 51-year-old is understood to be in contention to take charge of the Red Devils on a permanent basis next summer after Ralf Rangnick's interim spell comes to an end.
Ten Hag, who was reluctant to depart the Dutch outfit midway through the season, has confirmed that he is keen to test himself at a foreign club.
It is understood that United will make a move for the former FC Twente centre-back should they fail to lure Mauricio Pochettino away from Paris Saint-Germain.
Ten Hag has earned rave reviews since being appointed at Ajax in December 2017 having won the Eredivisie and KNVB Cup twice each.
He even took Ajax to the Champions League semi-finals in 2019 where they outclassed Juventus and Real Madrid in the knockout stages.
Discussing his future to de Volkskrant, he said: "I think I'm ready for it [to move to a top foreign club].
"I would be happy to take up that challenge.
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"But I'm not chasing it. If it turns out that that step will never come, I will not say that my coaching career has failed.
"But I think I have sufficient competences to take on that challenge."
It is understood that Ajax wouldn't stand in Ten Hag's way if he wished to move on at the end of the campaign.
Ten Hag recently hit out at United over their handling of ex-Ajax star Donny van de Beek, who has repeatedly been left on the bench.
He remarked: "Donny, I find that hard. [It's a] mortal sin.
“If you haven't had a chance yet, then development will also stall.
"Every now and then you encourage them.”
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