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Manchester United assistant Eric Ramsay agrees deal to become Minnesota United head coach

Manchester United assistant Eric Ramsay has agreed a deal to become the new head coach of Minnesota United, sources briefed on the deal tell The Athletic.

Ramsay is expected to depart his role at United for Minnesota after the Premier League side’s fixture against rivals Manchester City on March 3.

The Athletic reported on Monday that Minnesota was closing in on naming Ramsay their head coach, and though it has not been finalised yet, the deal is nearing completion.

Minnesota kick off their 2024 MLS season on Saturday against Austin FC. They face reigning champions Columbus Crew on March 2.

At 32 years old, Ramsay, who is highly rated in the English game, will be the youngest head coach in MLS this season by a wide margin. NYCFC’s Nick Cushing, at 39, is the second youngest.

The Welshman has worked under several managers at Manchester United, staying on through different regimes and rising at the club. Ramsay joined as a player development and set-piece coach under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. He remained under Ralf Rangnick and grew in importance on Erik ten Hag’s staff after the Dutchman was appointed manager ahead of the 2022-23 season.

Ramsay was also an assistant coach for the Wales national team for six months in addition to his duties with United, before stepping away last fall. When he was announced, Wales manager Rob Page called Ramsay “arguably one of the best young coaches in football at this moment in time.”

He previously worked as an under-23 assistant coach at Chelsea and speaks fluent Spanish.

The Athletic reported a year ago that Blackpool made an advance to hire Ramsay as their manager, but he stayed put in Manchester. Swansea City was also interested in appointing him as successor to Michael Duff in December.

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