It is not a secret that Manchester United needs to perform major surgery on their roster during Erik Ten Hag’s first summer at the club. Interim manager Ralf Rangnick stated in April that as many as 10 signings are needed, and it is widely known that this will occur during Ten Hag’s first summer with the club.
To begin, a new center defender is required, and Jurrien Timber, who is only 20 years old, would be an outstanding addition to the team. Timber, a player who has been mentored at Ajax since 2014, possesses a deep comprehension of Ten Hag’s guiding principles. Timber fits the profile of a current day center back due to his quickness around the ball and his ability to play the position. Because of his quickness and his quick recovery rate, he is able to help create a defensive high line, which enables his teammates to condense the space in which the opponent is required to play while Timber covers the space in behind.
While in possession, he is extremely composed on the ball and is not only a great progressive passer, capable of breaking lines and finding advanced teammates with passes, but he also possesses the technical ability and agility to carry the ball out with dribbles. Meanwhile, he is extremely composed on the ball.
After that, a left back replacement would be a good idea. Since neither Luke Shaw nor Alex Telles have established themselves as dominant players at that position, it is prudent to investigate the possibility of signing a progressive left defender. Marc Cucurella would be an excellent addition to the team. His education at La Masia has made him very well suited to Potter’s progressive, possession-based style, while his experience as a wide midfielder has made him quite comfortable in wide areas. Together, these factors have contributed to his extremely adaptable nature. The style of Ten Hag would be complemented beautifully by Cucurella. Although he is one of Manchester United’s fullbacks, he provides the team with the most progressive play while also maintaining a strong and stable defensive position.
Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba have both left Manchester United, leaving the club’s midfield severely depleted. As a result, Manchester United needs significant midfield reinforcements. It would be very beneficial to have Sergej Milinkovic-Savic on the team. Milinkovic-Savic is a terrific two-footed player in addition to being a physical freak who possesses fantastic technical qualities. Milinkovic-Savic is a natural fit in Ten Hag’s system, making him the ideal candidate to replace Ryan Gravenberch.
The Lazio player is physically more intimidating and athletic, and he is just as technically gifted as the other player, but he would do better in the Premier League right now. When it came to defending set pieces, his size and aerial strength would more than make up for Jurrien Timber’s lack of height.
The fourth player on this list plays defensive midfield, which is undoubtedly the position that requires the most attention.
Declan Rice, Kalvin Phillips, Ibrahim Sangaré, and even Frenkie de Jong have all been mentioned as possible candidates for this position. However, I believe that Manchester United should give some consideration to Cheick Doucouré for this role. Cheick Doucouré is a superb playmaker who lies deep in the game and is extremely effective at moving the play forward. It is typical for him to play at the deepest position in the midfield, receiving passes from the defenders and distributing the ball to players further up the field. Cheick Doucoure is a defensive midfielder who has the necessary temperament to anchor Ten Hag’s midfield, as well as the technical skill and calmness to advance the play. If Manchester United were to acquire him, he would be an inexpensive but very successful defensive midfielder.
And finally, United requires reinforcements in their offensive lineup. In my opinion, adding another center forward is more crucial at this time. He was certainly at his best while playing just one game a week, and his most remarkable showing came after being sidelined. Cristiano Ronaldo has been a great player, but he was clearly at his best when playing just one game a week. As a result of this, I believe that Nkunku would be an excellent alternative to rotate beside the emblem for Portuguese. To provide room for both Ronaldo and Nkunku in the starting eleven, Nkunku might play on the left wing or even at number 10 if he shifts positions when Ronaldo takes the field. With 51 goal assists in just 52 games played for RB Leipzig this season, Manchester United would be recruiting one of the most in-form players in the world right now if they were to sign him. Under Erik Ten Hag’s tutelage, he may find another gear in his game.
But tell me, what are your thoughts? Who would you want to sign for Manchester United if you were Ten Hag? Please share your thoughts with me in the section below!
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