New Manchester United supervisor, Erik ten Hag, has been linked with various attainable recruits as he begins the formidable activity of restoring the Previous Trafford membership to greatness.
From that rising listing of potential incomings, the names of Benfica ace Darwin Nunez, Ajax’s Jurrien Timber and Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong have been close to constants.
Ought to these three sign the beginning of the Ten Hag period, how would they slot in amongst the present group of under-performing United stars? Who makes the lower and whose place is underneath menace? Let’s have a look.
Goalkeeper – David de Gea. One of many few gamers to return out of final season’s horror present with any credit score, Huge Dave has earned the proper to impress the brand new boss. Query marks stay about his means to play behind a excessive line, however his shot-stopping and reliability maintain him forward of the extra proactive Dean Henderson, who seems extra more likely to go away than problem for the gloves.
Proper again – Jurrien Timber. Though he’s performed principally at centre-back for Ajax, the younger defender has the tempo and technical means to make the RB slot his personal within the short-term. With Raphael Varane battling accidents, and Harry Maguire out of shape, Timber would in all probability get alternatives to impress centrally. If that’s the case, Diogo Dalot is more likely to deputise, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka mentioned to be accessible for switch.
Left again – Luke Shaw. One of some gamers who ought to have a significant level to show. At his effervescent greatest, he’s top-of-the-line full-backs in Europe and deserves an opportunity to regain his earlier type.
Centre again – Harry Maguire. For Maguire, see Shaw. Had an abysmal season however may he be one in every of many hoping for rehabilitation underneath a brand new coach? May battle in a excessive defensive position however deserves an opportunity to show that final season was a one-off low. If, nonetheless, his poor type continues, Timber is on-hand take his spot.
Centre again – Raphael Varane. One other high quality participant who appeared to get sucked into final season’s whirlpool of mediocrity. The Frenchman wants to remain match and set up an understanding with Maguire. Has the standard and expertise to show it round, so hopefully his bodily fragility received’t maintain him again.
DM – Frenkie de Jong. The form of defensive midfielder United have lacked because the glorious Michael Carrick retired. Reads the sport nicely, is press-resistant and retains the sport ticking over. A high quality participant with one thing to show.
CM – Fred. The Brazilian rose above a rising tide of awfulness on all sides to get pleasure from maybe his greatest season in a crimson shirt. Tigerish, energetic and dedicated, Fred is a straightforward choose amongst restricted choices.
CM – Bruno Fernandes. One other under-performer who has earned the possibility to jot down final season off. He’ll must reign within the profligacy and may even be used as a inventive extensive man, a la Dusan Tadic.
Nevertheless, it’s extra possible the Portuguese will get an opportunity to deliver his vitality and effectiveness to the No.8 position. If that’s the case, he’ll must unearth a positional self-discipline that wasn’t there underneath the seemingly laissez-faire Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Fernandes has lots to show.
LW – Marcus Rashford. The previous golden boy has barely carried out for nearly 18 months and desperately wants a recent begin. If Ten Hag sticks to previous type and insists on utilizing a high-pressing entrance three, Rashford may discover himself battling with the prepared Anthony Elanga for sport time. He’ll must hit the bottom working to win over the rising military of doubters.
CF – Darwin Nunez. A high-octane runner with a powerful aim scoring report, the Uruguayan would look like the proper match up entrance. At 22, he’s obtained the vitality and physicality to restrict the waning Cristiano Ronaldo to a supporting position of rotation possibility or impression sub. Whereas solely a idiot would write Ronaldo off, Nunez would seem to signify the long run greater than the marginally light current previous.
RF – Jadon Sancho. There’s an argument that enjoying Sancho anyplace aside from the left limits his considerable presents. Nevertheless, the previous Dortmund man is the one accessible attacker who has proven any means on the proper, so will get the nod. Ten Hag will likely be determined to unlock the massive potential that compelled United to spend massive on the proficient extensive man.
Followers hoping for a revolution are nearly undoubtedly going to finish up dissatisfied. Even with three high quality additions, there are nonetheless main query marks over key positions.
Nevertheless, a lot will rely on the brand new supervisor’s means to tease improved performances out of the likes of Shaw, Maguire, Varane, Fernandes, Rashford and Sancho. If he can faucet into that potential, there’s a significantly better assortment of gamers than final season confirmed. A sprinkling of sophistication and reinvigorated squad may mark a significant step in the direction of the Reds’ subsequent high aspect.