Man Utd in small boost as Wolves defeat means guarantee of European football in Erik ten Hag’s debut season as boss

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MANCHESTER UNITED are GUARANTEED to be playing European football next season.

As a result of Wolves being spanked 5-1 at home to Manchester City, it means United can finish no lower than seventh.

Cristiano Ronaldo, if he stays at United, will be playing in Europe next seasonGetty

Though incoming boss Erik ten Hag might not be too enamoured with the Europa Conference League that position gets.

United are currently in sixth and a Europa League spot, with one game left.

West Ham are seventh, three points behind but a game in hand.

Wolves could still catch the Hammers and claim a Europa Conference League spot, but would have to win both their finals games and hope David Moyes’ side lose theirs.

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Ten Hag, who secured Ajax the title with a thumping 5-0 win against Heerenveen, is expected to undergo a major squad rebuild at United.

And while the Europa League could be a chance to blood through some of the young talents at the club, the much-derided Conference League could be a distraction.

Meanwhile, United are reportedly closing in on naming Mitchell van der Gaag as part of Ten Hag’s coaching staff.

The 50-year-old Dutchman is currently Ten Hag’s assistant at Ajax.

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And an agreement for Van der Gaag to join his boss in heading to Old Trafford is “getting closer”, according to Fabrizio Romano.

The Red Devils are claimed to consider Van der Gaag an “important addition” to the coaching team and have been working on a deal for months.

He has been serving as assistant manager to Ten Hag since June 2021.

United are yet to confirm any additions to their backroom staff since announcing Ten Hag as next permanent boss last month.

Erik ten Hag will have European football at United in his first season at the clubGetty
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