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Incoming Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has spectacularly snubbed Sky Sports reporter Gary Cotterill before speeding off in a flash Mercedes.
The Dutchman was officially unveiled as United's next permanent appointment on Thursday morning after months on speculation. The Ajax boss will join on a three-year-deal at the end of the season, succeeding current interim Ralf Rangnick.
Ten Hag has remained tight-lipped regarding his future in recent weeks amid an extensive interview process at Old Trafford and, despite a United announcement having now been made, he appears intent on keeping things that way. Hell-bent on grabbing an exclusive with the new Reds Devils manager, Sky Sports' Cotterill seemingly jetted out to Amsterdam to hear the latest from the 52-year-old, however, the reporter was met with a frosty reception.
Video footage circulating online showed Ten Hag arriving at Ajax's De Toekomst training complex on Friday morning ahead of his current side's Eredivisie clash with NEC Nijmegen on Saturday. Upon arrival, the soon-to-be United boss stopped to pose for pictures with an avid Ajax supporter and his young child.
However, the photo opportunity was gatecrashed by Cotterill, who sought to seize his opportunity by plunging a microphone through Ten Hag's wound-down window to grab an exclusive. And it's fair to say the Dutchman was less than impressed.
The Sky Sports reported congratulated Ten Hag on his appointment with United before attempting to quiz him about his new club. The Ajax boss promptly placed his hand in front of Cotterill's face before accelerating away from the reporter.
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Cotterill could then be seen desperately scampering after Ten Hag's vehicle. However, the Dutchman continued to snub the Sky Sports man as he sped into the Amsterdam training complex in a snazzy black Mercedes.
Ten Hag is the latest manager tasked with turning United's fortunes around as the club continue to fall significantly short of their glory days of yesteryear under Sir Alex Ferguson. The Red Devils were humiliated 4-0 by fierce rivals Liverpool in an Anfield annihilation on Tuesday evening, a matter of months after being hammered 5-0 by the same opponents at Old Trafford.
The damaging defeat leaves United languishing down in sixth placed in the Premier League standings and at risk of failing to finish in the competition's top-four, which would subsequently see them miss out on Champions League football next season. While Ten Hag will be hoping his current side can edge ever closer to yet another Eredivisie title with a win over NEC on Saturday, he will also be praying his new employers can claim a much-needed three points against fellow top-four chasers Arsenal at the Emirates.
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