Erik ten Hag to remain as Manchester United boss

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Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag will remain in the job for next season and has entered into talks over a contract extension despite the team's lowest ever Premier League finish last season.

The decision comes after an end-of-season review by the club's board for the 2023-24 campaign, which finished on a high with a shock FA Cup final win over favourites Manchester City.

Ten Hag's contract runs until the end of next season, with the club having the option of extending it a further 12 months.

The former Ajax coach had come under increasing pressure after United suffered their worst start to a season since 1962-63 with eight defeats in their first 15 matches in all competitions.

They ended up eighth in the Premier League after 14 defeats in their 38 league games and bowed out of the Champions League in the group phase.

Ten Hag's job security had been the subject of speculation all season and many pundits believed the FA Cup final would be the Dutchman's last game with the team, win or lose.

But moments after their thrilling triumph, the 54-year-old insisted he had no doubt he would be back and said he had received the backing of the club's owners all season.

"I'm in a project and we are exactly where we want to be. We're constructing a team. When I took over it was a mess at United, and we are on our way to construct a team for the future," he told reporters at Wembley.

"The team is developing, the team is winning and the team also plays to an identity. What you need to play is to be available, you need a strong squad in top football, and especially when you play in England, the Premier League is so competitive."

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