Ten Hag's full focus on Ajax

Manchester United bosses are under strict instructions not to bother new manager Erik ten Hag in the 48 hours before Ajax games, sources told ESPN.

Ten Hag has been appointed on an initial three-year contract to take over at Old Trafford and has already been involved in the key decision-making ahead of next season.

But with Ajax still in the hunt for the Eredivisie title, United officials have been told they should not distract the 52-year-old in the build up to games.

Ajax are four points clear at the top of the table with four games remaining. They have a home game against PEC Zwolle on Saturday and end their campaign with a trip to Vitesse on May 15.

Ten Hag made the request during negotiations to become United boss. Face-to-face talks were held during the March international break while follow-up conversations were only conducted during gaps in Ajax's schedule. Sources also told ESPN that the United squad have already started doing their research on their new boss with a number of players reaching out to former teammate Daley Blind, who returned to Ajax from Old Trafford in 2018.

Blind has been passing on information about Ten Hag, including his strict rules for players and his tactical preferences. Blind, according to sources, has stressed that Ten Hag has developed a reputation within the Ajax dressing room for putting the team before any individual player and pointed to his decision to drop top scorer Sebastien Haller for Brian Brobbey ahead of the Dutch Cup final against PSV Eindhoven.

Haller, who has scored 33 goals this season, came on in the second half but could not prevent Ajax losing 2-1.