Erik Ten Hag is set to be appointed as the new Manchester United boss and he has a busy summer ahead of him with multiple transfers in and out of Old Trafford this window
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Manchester United are nearing completion of Erik ten Hag’s appointment as their next permanent boss in a summer of change at Old Trafford.
Ajax boss ten Hag, 52, met with United bosses last month to discuss becoming their new manager and is now taking on the position as a permanent employee. It’s going to be an incredibly busy summer at United with a multitude of players leaving.
Former striker star Wayne Rooney believes Paul Pogba – who is out of contract – should leave Old Trafford but also added that another former team-mate of his, Cristiano Ronaldo, could be moved on this summer – despite having a year left on his contract. Rooney insisted United would be better off bet on “young, hungry players”.
Ronaldo and Pogba could lead a major eviction at the club, with Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Edinson Cavani also out of contract. Donny van de Beek and Anthony Martial have weathered unsuccessful loan spells, while Nemanja Matic, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Aaron Wan-Bissaka also have unclear futures at United.
Ten Hag will be busy bringing his own staff to the club The Dutchman is said to receive a transfer war chest before his first game in charge. are united He is reportedly making progress on a boost for Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips as they prepare for life under a new manager next season.
The new boss is set to put together a “comprehensive dossier” of the Red Devils’ first-team squad and has already listed one number of targets to help solve their long-term problems. she include some of the players he currently oversees in Amsterdam.
So how are United likely to line up under ten Hag? His first decision starts with the goalkeeper – Dean Henderson pushing David de Gea into first place. If de Gea continues to remain the first choice, Henderson is likely to move on – although the Spaniard struggles to control his box, organize his defense and most importantly, the limitations of playing from behind could see ten Hag overlook him (like it was also the case). as was the case with Spain coach Luis Enrique), with Henderson getting the nod instead.
United finish the season with a back four of Diogo Dalot, Harry Maguire, Raphael Varane and Luke Shaw – all four likely to keep this summer. However, Ten Hag could hope to bring two of his current Ajax defenders to United to compete for places. Wan-Bissaka’s unclear future could open up a spot at right-back as Moroccan international Noussair Mazraoui is out of contract at Ajax this summer – although he is reportedly close to a move to Bayern Munich.
Perhaps a standout option for United is Jurrien Timber, 20, who has already made 68 first-team appearances for the Amsterdam giants. Capable of playing competently at right-back too, Mirror Football understands that ten Hag sees the six-time Netherlands international as someone who could put an immediate fix to the Red Devils’ defensive woes.
England international Phillips is seen as the most likely addition to United’s long-standing search for a central midfielder, with Declan Rice believed to have been eliminated from a move and Ruben Neves also a contender. However, the current Leeds midfielder could be the ideal holding partner for Fred in United’s midfield with Scott McTominay pushing for a starting spot.
In attack, Jadon Sancho and Anthony Elanga will likely be regular starters next season, with Marcus Rashford also hoping to recover his form – with Bruno Fernandes once again be a central figure. However, with the expected departures of Cavani and Ronaldo, the club will be on the lookout for new players.
Benfica striker and Uruguay international Darwin Nunez has scored 27 goals for Benfica this season and has been the club’s standout player. The 22-year-old has been linked with some of Europe’s biggest clubs due to his potential – he scored this week Champions League crash into it Liverpool after also scoring a brace Barcelona and scored the winner against Ajax from ten Hag.
Another option for United could be Anthony, who has blossomed under ten Hag this season with 12 goals and 10 assists in 30 games. One of the most exciting young attacking players in Europe, the 22-year-old arrived from Sao Paulo two years ago and has already scored two goals in nine caps for Brazil. Big changes are on the horizon at United this summer – with a revamped squad expected.
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