ERIK TEN HAG has been officially interviewed for the Manchester United hot-seat.
As SunSport exclusively revealed, the Ajax chief is the No. 1 candidate to succeed caretaker boss Ralf Rangnick as permanent manager.
And now the 52-year-old Dutchman has held formal talks with United chiefs over the job, according to the Daily Mail.
Talks are said to have taken place on Monday, with Mauricio Pochettino, Julen Lopetegui and Luis Enrique also lined up for talks.
But Ten Hag is the firm leader for the position after edging out Pochettino in the race to be in the dugout.
Ten Hag came on top after the club spent weeks building up dossiers on possible appointments.
Transfer Guru fabrice romano claimed that Ten Hag came to the interview with questions about the club’s transfer in the future.
He also wanted United’s plans for the future laid bare before him.
The man himself is believed to be ‘ready’ for a crack in the Premier League, with his English also evolving drastically of late.
Ajax expect Ten Hag to leave at the end of the campaign and could pocket up to £4million in compensation for the loss of their head coach.
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The two clubs have a good relationship, thanks in large part to United legend Edwin van der Sar as Ajax chief executive.
Director of Football John Murtough and Technical Director Darren Fletcher are overseeing the process of appointing the next manager, with Rangnick himself also having a say.
The club hope to announce their man next month after launching formal interviews with their potential candidates.
But Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is no longer in contention for the role.
United want to appoint a manager as soon as possible, and the uncertainty surrounding Chelsea’s takeover and club sanctions could make targeting Tuchel a long process.