Calvin Phillips talks about transfer, Cristiano Ronaldo returns to training, Maguire threatens another bomb

Good morning Man United fans

Manchester United have officially confirmed the appointment of Eric Ten Hag as their next permanent manager on a three-year deal, with an option for another 12 months.

The 52-year-old Ajax coach will replace interim coach Ralf Rangik in the summer after verbally agreeing to take over last week.

In the past two days, United have agreed to a compensation – believed to be in the region of £2.5m – with Ajax to take over Tin Hag and his assistant Mitchell van der Gag.

Announcing the Dutchman’s appointment as the new Manchester United coach, Ten Hag said: “It is a great honor to be appointed as Manchester United coach and I am very excited about the challenge ahead.

“I know the history of this wonderful club and the passion of the fans, and I am absolutely determined to develop a team capable of achieving the success they deserve.

“It will be difficult to leave Ajax after these wonderful years and I can assure our fans of my full commitment and focus on finishing this season successfully before moving to Manchester United.”

Steve McClaren is said to be set to become Eric Ten Hag’s assistant to Manchester United – although the club initially turned down his new manager’s request.

However, there is still no announcement regarding backroom staff at Tin Hag.

It is believed he wants to bring Ajax No. 2 Mitchell van der Gagg and former England coach McLaren to Old Trafford.

It is said that Tin Hag will receive a “standard” salary for being president.

While Tin Hag’s earnings at Old Trafford remain unknown, he is set to become the highest-paid Dutchman in Premier League history.

Dutch outlet De Telegraaf has claimed he will earn more than his compatriot Louis van Gaal made during his fateful two-year spell at Old Trafford.

Van Gaal, who revealed earlier this month that he was battling cancer, is said to have earned £3.3m in base salary at United – not including bonuses.

Meanwhile, former United star Dennis Irwin believes the Red Devils will face a challenge over Prem in two to three years with Ten Hag at the helm.

He said: “Yes, it may take some time to do a complete overhaul in terms of the first-team squad, and we need a little patience as well.

“The best case scenario is that we will have a challenge as we hope in two or three years in the league, but I’m excited about the style of football and the fact that he seems like an honest and hard-working manager.”

However, former Man United teammate Gary Neville wants Tin Hag to build slowly at Old Trafford and focus on getting the club into the top four.

He said: “First, you have to go back to the top four, re-establish Manchester United in the Champions League, attract players to the club that plays the way they want, and then start getting the belief system.”

Neville also believes Mauricio Pochettino lost out on a job at Man United after failing to bring the Champions League to Paris Saint-Germain.

He also feels that PSG’s loss of the Ligue 1 trophy last season did not help Bosch’s case.

Neville said: “I think Pochettino has been a great choice for a number of years.

But losing the Champions League this season and not winning the Ligue 1 last season cost Mauricio.

Finally, Harry Maguire is shocked after receiving a bomb threat.

Cheshire Police were sent with sniffer dogs to the mansion where Maguire lives with his fiancée Fern Hawkins and their two daughters.

Searches are in progress.

The shocking warning came via email that a bomb would be planted in the United captain’s home.

But Maguire has no plans to leave Manchester after the bomb scare, according to a source.

A source close to the defender told The Sun newspaper last night: “Harry will not be forced out of Manchester United because of this kind of threat.

“His first priority will always be the safety of his family, but he also has the strength of character to handle this. It seems to be the work of some cowardly fan.

“If that proves to be the case, it is a disgrace to this proud football club’s name.”

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