Exciting ideas, experience at a high level and someone who can work under high pressure is exactly what Manchester United need. Their search might just have to travel over the North Sea to Amsterdam, where Erik ten Hag lies and could be the perfect solution.
Nearly all of his playing and managerial career has been in his homeland of the Netherlands, with the exception of coaching Bayern Munich II.
The 52-year-old has been involved with some of the biggest clubs in the Netherlands such as FC Twente, PSV and Ajax. His time at Ajax is where ten Hag has made a name for himself, winning two Eredivisie titles and getting his side to a Champions League semi-final, being a minute away from a victory over Spurs.
Ajax looks on course to win the title again this season and are likely to make it to this year's Champions League quarter-finals if they can beat Benfica at the Johan Cruyff Arena.
Ten Hag has opted for two decisive playstyles whilst managing de Godenzonen. His famous 2018/19 side centred around a 4-2-3-1 formation, with a strong spine in the team including the likes of Matthijs de Ligt, Frankie de Jong, Donny Van de Beek and Dusan Tadic providing defensive stability, holding the likes of Bayern Munich as well as attacking flair, blasting away the European Giants of Real Madrid and Juventus.
Ten Hag’s ability has been shown in refreshing the team following its disbandment after Ajax’s success, changing to a 4-3-3 formation. This has proved fruitful with Sebastian Haller tearing defences apart in Europe, producing 12 Champions League goals already this season as Ajax won all six of their group games.