The decision to interview Ten Hag comes less than a year after Tottenham reportedly invited the Dutch manager to interview as Jose Mourinho’s potential successor. On that occasion, Ten Hag failed to impress the Spurs hierarchy his final interview after demonstrating only an adequate grasp of English.
But Ten Hag laughed off concerns over his ability to communicate after reports had incorrectly suggested he was taking advanced English lessons to improve his command of the language. “No, that’s not true!” he told BT Sport, in perfect English. “We talk English in the club because we have a lot of foreign players in Holland you get educated in English.
While Pochettino had emerged as the initial favourite due to the Red Devils’ long-standing interest, PSG’s demand for a £10m compensation package when Spurs registered their interest may have put them off, especially when considering Ten Hag’s availability.
It is understood he had an agreement in place with Ajax’s sporting director Marc Overmars that would allow him to leave if a suitable compensation fee was agreed. Overmars has since left the club but CEO Edwin van der Sar will honour his wish if he decides to leave, which could prove the difference in helping United decide.