Manchester United's new manager Erik ten Hag admitted that his negotiation with the English giants dragged before he could accept the job offer.
There were reports that the Dutchman wanted to be in charge of transfers something that threatened the deal but once he could not budge on his demands, United were to cave in for his demands and award him work.
Speaking to NOS, the former Bayern Munich Youth team coach suggested that the reports might have been true.
"Why did it only become official this week and not before? Because we have reached an agreement. Reaching a deal isn't just about the manager and Manchester United, Ajax also play a part and everything has to be taken care of," he said.
Despite the early announcement, Hag's has insisted that his current concentration is with Ajax as he seek to leave them with the league title.
"How do I feel about possibly joining the biggest club in Europe? It's a big challenge and I'm looking forward to it, but my focus is on Ajax. We are in the race for the title and we play a final every week," he added.
Little have been said about the manager's plan in the summer but there is a possibility that he will rope in new faces for United with players such as Paul Pogba set to leave.