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Fabrizio Romano revealed ‘important’ Man United arrival now in ‘final stages’ after Erik ten Hag approves

Manchester United are closing in on bringing Ajax assistant manager Mitchell van der Gaag to Old Trafford, according to Fabrizio Romano.

Erik ten Hag gave the green light regarding a move for Van der Gaag shortly after he was announced as United manager last month.

Things haven’t been as straightforward as the Red Devils may have liked, though, with rumours suggesting that Van der Gaag could replace Ten Hag as Ajax manager after serving as his assistant for 48 matches.

However, described as an ‘important addition’ at Old Trafford, it looks as if Ten Hag will get his way after all when it comes to the 50-year-old.

Romano took to Twitter on Monday afternoon to share an update on both Van der Gaag and Steve McClaren.

He stated that both will be a part of Ten Hag’s team, with a ‘full agreement at final stages’, and a possible announcement for the latter of the two could come next week.

It looks as if Ten Hag will be supported by two men he knows well in Manchester, having also worked under former Red Devils assistant boss McClaren at FC Twente for 50 games.

Therefore, with key coaching staff additions now set to go through, it looks as if the 52-year-old’s will now turn his attention to the club’s playing squad and a number of incoming and outgoings.

A number of United players are out of contract at the end of June, and Ten Hag deciding to terminate his Ajax deal six weeks early to get going at Old Trafford just shows how much work there is to be done before his first game in charge later in the year.

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