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Ajax coach Erik ten Hag lifts the Eredivisie title after beating Heerenveen at the Johan Cruijff Arena. May 2022.

Watch: Ten Hag dances with Ajax players after winning the Eredivisie

Incoming Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag was in a party mood after Ajax beat Heerenveen and secured the Eredivisie title.

Ten Hag joined Ajax in December 2017 and won the league and cup double in 2019 and 2021, as well as leading them to the Champions League semi-finals in 2019.

While Ajax did lose 2-1 to PSV Eindhoven in the 2022 KNVB Cup final, they were still able to retain the Eredivisie title.

Goals from Nicolas Tagliafico, Steven Berghuis, Sebastien Haller, Brian Brobbey and Edson Alvarez gave Ajax a 5-0 win over Heerenveen and also maintained their four-point lead over second-placed PSV.

During the celebrations at the Johan Cruijff ArenA, Ten Hag was thrown into the air by his Ajax players and also did some dad-dancing.

“Yeah, at some point [you feel emotional],” he said after the game. “You get a certain feeling. And it’s double, because I’m leaving. And that this was the last time.

“And that is difficult because I’ve worked with so many great people. Especially the players. We’ve done so many great things together. But there is a time to leave.

“I definitely feel it [the gratitude of everyone at the club] and I am very proud of what we did here together. Because Ajax is Europe proof again. Ajax plays for the titles. There is a very strong foundation to build further upon.”

 

The 52-year-old has just one last Ajax match to navigate, an away trip to Vitesse, before he can turn his attention to his new life at United. 

United fans are now hoping that Ten Hag will be dancing on the Old Trafford pitch at the end of the 2022-23 season.


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