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Man United target Eric Ten Hagg may have discussed with De Jong, Rice and Oshimahen.

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Imprinted on Ajax’s most recent headline-grabbing title, Eric Ten Hague has wasted little time in launching a forward plan that would allow him to hit the running field at Manchester United.

The Dutch coach called a meeting in Amsterdam on Thursday, and Steve McClaren was called to Holland for talks, according to Sportsmail.

It is now expected that Sir Alex Ferguson’s former assistant will be part of Ten Hague’s backroom team at Old Trafford next season.

Eric Ten Hague held his first meeting as Man United boss while discussing strategy in Amsterdam.

Steve McClaren, who is set to become his assistant chief, was also called to the meeting

Steve McClaren, who is set to become his assistant chief, was also called to the meeting

Ten Hague signed his Ajax career with the trophy after bestowing the Redeemer title on his side.

Ten Hague signed his Ajax career with the trophy after bestowing the Redeemer title on his side.

And of course the discussion of possible transfer targets with United on the agenda of the Amsterdam Summit was clearly less powerful in many departments.

It has been a scary season at Old Trafford, with United having the lowest points in the Premier League and a fifth season without a silver lining.

We take a closer look at who Tan Hague and his potential backroom team might have discussed and what they might offer the team.

Central Midfield

This has been a problem for United for many years and their lack of physicality and byte in the defensive midfield is increasingly being exposed in big games.

With Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic departing in the summer, there will be an urgent need to address at least one – and ideally two – with midfield signatures.

So it is not surprising that United have been linked with a well-known player from Barcelona’s Ajax-Frenkie de Jong, Ten Hague.

Barcelona’s financial problems are well documented and it is believed they could be tempted to sell De Jong – bought in 2019 for £ 75 million – two years before his contract expires.

Barcelona's Frankie de Jong has emerged as a midfield option for Man United in the summer.

Barcelona’s Frankie de Jong has emerged as a midfield option for Man United in the summer.

However, it will be difficult for United for a number of reasons. First of all, Barcelona wants to raise the top dollar for a great player who is still 25 years old.

Second, the Dutch are reluctant to leave the Nou Camp and, if they do, only for the club to play in the Champions League next season. United certainly can’t offer that.

There is also interest from Manchester City but United are hoping for the temptation to play under Ten Hague, a coach who has done much to develop De Jong’s career at Ajax.

De Jong doesn’t come cheap but offers instant upgrades to Fred and Scott McTominay, leaving two central midfield options with United.

We all know about De Jong from the time Ten Hague worked together at Ajax from 2017 to 2019

We all know about De Jong from the time Ten Hague worked together at Ajax from 2017 to 2019

Ten Hague has backed two deep midfielders, including De Jong, in the semi-finals of the 2019 Champions League, including the famous wins against Real Madrid and Juventus.

You bet he would set up United this way until he felt for the Premier League but his Ajax side often played two attacking midfielders ahead of one holding, especially against weaker opponents in the league.

So it could mean De Jong is sitting behind Donnie van de Beck – someone else who knows Ten Hague well and who can be brought out of the deep fridge – and Bruno Fernandes.

United have also linked up with England and West Ham defensive midfielder Declan Rice, which will cost them more than m 100m north.

Rice will be a great signer, his drive and energy are unmatched in the Premier League, but is he willing to come on a team that can only offer Europa League football when good teams are interested?

West Ham's Declan Rice has been linked with United for some time but could cost 100m

West Ham’s Declan Rice has been linked with United for some time but could cost 100m

Ten Hague will find that the midfield is the area that needs the most attention. He will be backed up with an adequate transfer kitty but buying both de jong and rice will be a stretch.

One of those cheaper options, such as Lazio’s Sergei Milinkovic-Savik (who appears to be linked with Old Trafford every summer), could adequately replenish United midfield.

Calvin Phillips will not leave Leeds to cross the pens to his arch-rivals in Manchester but relegation could change that all.

Striker

United have relied heavily on 37-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s goals this season. He has netted 24 times in all competitions, with Fernandes’ next highest scorer in the club at 10.

If Ronaldo decides to leave in the summer or get injured next season, United will look seriously toothless.

Edinson is leaving Cavani and all of his wide-ranging attackers are either not reliable enough to return to their target or have been pushed to the very exit door. Then Ten Hague will forward the center to its shopping list.

United are likely to sign the forward this summer, depending on Cristiano Ronaldo's plans.

United are likely to sign the forward this summer, depending on Cristiano Ronaldo’s plans.

This may not be the easiest sale – who wants to say that they will inevitably be Ronaldo’s second Fidel for at least a year?

Italy have linked United with Napoli striker Victor Osimohan, who has scored 17 goals this season. But he does not come cheap, with Napoli slashing the Nigerian ठूलो 85 million.

Rams striker Hugo Ekitike has been allegedly questioned – he is only 19 years old, so far from the finished article but without much complaint could be as comfortable as Ronaldo’s teaching and then become the first choice.

Napoli forward Victor Osimahen is an option but doesn't come cheap with his £ 85m price tag

Napoli forward Victor Osimahen is an option but doesn’t come cheap with his £ 85m price tag

Top-ranked Darwin Nunez of Benfica, Lautaro Martinez of Inter Milan, Paulo DiBalla of Juventus and Sebastian Haller of Ajax are also potential options for Ten Hague.

United’s teammate Diego Forlan from Uruguay believes that Nunez will be a good fit for Benfica after his 34-goal comeback in 40 games this season.

He proved his worth in the Champions League race against Benfica by striking out Barcelona, ​​Bayern Munich, Ajax and Liverpool but could spend 60m.

In fact, the first thing Tan Hague wanted to do was talk to Ronaldo when he arrived and see what his intentions were. If he wants to stay, no one will hit him from that center forward position.

Benfica forward Darwin Nunez has enjoyed an excellent season and is admired by many clubs.

Benfica forward Darwin Nunez has enjoyed an excellent season and is admired by many clubs.

Central Defense

Ten Hague will be shocked to see United’s 4-0 surrender in Brighton at the end of last year. Victor Lindelof, Rafael Varane, Alex Tales and Diego Dalot all re-exposed their weaknesses with horror.

There are also question marks over captain Harry Maguire, whose post-Euro hangover has dragged on all season.

Let’s first address the central defense. United need to buy at least one player in this situation in the summer, especially if Ten Hague wants to play three-at-the-back like Ajax.

This will allow the new coach to offload at least two of Lindelof, Eric Bailey and Phil Jones, all of whom have weak options behind them.

Young defender Jurian Timber celebrates after Ajax won the Aredivishi title this week.

Young defender Jurian Timber celebrates after Ajax won the Aredivishi title this week.

Rumors continue that Ten Hague will bring 20-year-old Jurian Timber from Ajax. The youngster can cover a variety of locations, with the force on his legs ensured and the recovery tackles quickly.

Ten Hague recently awarded him the Talent of the Year award, but only if Timber is mature enough to play in the Premier League will he know.

But you can see three behind Maguire, Varane and Timber next season with youthful speed compensating for Maguire’s chronic laziness.

Villarreal’s Pau Torres is also linked and reportedly has a क्ल 51m release clause, which could simplify matters. United will face stiff competition, albeit with teams in Champions League football on offer.

You say signing a new central defender is Ten Hague’s second priority for the summer after midfield. There have been a number of fatal mistakes behind the games this season, and given the coach’s often horse-riding approach, United need a strong base.

Villarreal defender Pau Torres is another player who has often been linked with Man United

Villarreal defender Pau Torres is another player who has often been linked with Man United

Full back

Ten Hagg is a trainer who puts great emphasis on row-backs who fully support the attack but also have quick return and defensive dynamics.

In his current United squad stock, he can look closely at Tales, Dalot and Aaron Van-Bissaca based on their performances this season and decide if change is needed.

Luke Shaw seems more secure in his position than right-back options, but that doesn’t stop the relationship between United and Feyenoord’s left-back Tyrell Malaysia.

United have already sent scouts to see the 22-year-old, who was previously tried by Ten Hague to sign for Ajax. It will cost a modest m 20m and will provide good competition for Shaw and Tales.

Tyrell Malaysia, Feyenoord left-back, has emerged as a potential target this summer

Tyrell Malaysia, Feyenoord left-back, has emerged as a potential target this summer

They have already lost a good right-back option after signing Noussair Mazraoui from Ajax for Bayern Munich but this situation seems to be an additional pressure issue.

But, as emphasized, signing the central midfielder and central defender could waste the entire budget for this summer.

Ten Hague may have to maximize its full-back output and try to consolidate what we all understand in its second or third transfer window, which would be far from a long and straightforward reconstruction task.

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