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Eric Ramsay leaves Manchester United to become Minnesota head coach

Manchester United have confirmed Eric Ramsay has left the club to join Minnesota United. 

The 32-year-old will become the youngest head coach in Major League Soccer (MLS) history upon his arrival at the Allianz Field. 

He will follow in the footsteps of Phil Neville, Wayne Rooney and Dean Smith, who all previously left England to work in America. 

Minnesota finished 11th in MLS last season but started the 2024 campaign with a 2-1 victory at Austin.  

The Red Devils released a statement on that read: “We would like to thank Eric for his contribution, and wish him the best of luck in the US in his first head coach role.”

A blow for United 

Ramsay began his career as a Lead Professional Development Phase Coach at Swansea City before becoming Shrewsbury Town’s academy manager in 2017. 

He moved to Chelsea in 2019, where he coached the club’s under-23s. 

Ramsay joined Manchester United in 2021 as a player development and set-piece coach under then-manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. 

Following Solskjaer’s departure, Ramsay continued to be an important part of the coaching set-up under Ralf Rangnick and then Erik ten Hag. 

He was highly rated at Old Trafford and Ten Hag was one of his biggest admirers. 

The Dutchman didn’t want him to leave when he received an offer from Blackpool over a month ago. 

Ramsay rejected the League One club’s approach, but the opportunity to manage in MLS turned his head and United reluctantly decided to let him go.