Manchester United are facing a busy summer transfer window under new manager Erik ten Hag, with a midfield overhaul required as a host of household names – including Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic, prepare to leave
If he didn’t know it already, then Erik ten Hag will be only too aware now that he has a big job to do at Old Trafford when he arrives at Manchester United this summer.
The Dutchman has a big rebuild job on his hands and has met with club bosses this week to begin putting plans into place. he 51-year-old invited Red Devils Football Director John Murtough, long-time Ajax assistant Mitchell van der Gaag and Steve McClaren to Amsterdam on Thursday as they begin to move on United’s new era.
To his delight Frenkie de Jong is being actively pursued – but will Barcelona let him go and does De Jong even want to move to United?
RB Leipzig defender Nordi Mukiele, tipped to replace Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been mooted, as has renewed interest in Matthijs de Ligt and Villarreal defender Pau Torres. What would either mean for Harry Maguire, who got secretly married recently?
Stay tuned for all the latest news and developments on Manchester United’s transfer plans below.
This isn’t good news to end the working week on, with Manchester United not playing again until next Sunday.
Two players were allegedly involved in a training-ground bust-up which forced interim manager Ralf Rangnick to end their session early on Thursday.
It has been claimed by The Sun that the unnamed pair were involved in a ‘full-on scrap’ towards the end of the Red Devils’ training session. Rangnick is said to have reacted by ordering the rest of the ‘stunned’ United squad back into the changing rooms at their Carrington training complex.
Despite their humiliating 4-0 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion last Saturday, the 63-year-old gave his side four days off, with the Red Devils not back in action until the final day of the season, next Sunday. Tensions reportedly boiled over upon their return, however, with the feuding team-mates having to be pulled apart.
Manchester City will not rival United in the race to sign Frenkie de Jong, according to the Telegraph.
Pep Guardiola and co have previously been linked with the Barcelona midifelder but will not engage in a transfer battle with the Red Devils this summer, it is claimed. De Jong has been heavily linked to Old Trafford in recent days but 25-year-old Netherlands international would still prefer to remain at the Camp Nou.
Rio Ferdinand has no doubt Frenkie de Jong would be a “good addition” to the Manchester United squad if the Barcelona midfielder seals a transfer which would reunite him with his former manager, Erik ten Hag.
De Jong, who turned 25 on Thursday, has emerged as a summer target for the Red Devils and Barca are believed to be open to selling the Dutch international. Ten Hag will take the reins at Old Trafford ahead of next season and he knows the player well from their one-and-a-half years together at Ajax between 2017 and 2019, during which they won the league-cup double.
“I’ve always thought he was a top player,” the United legend told his FIVE YouTube channel of De Jong. “They’re saying Frenkie de Jong could be the first player to come in under Erik ten Hag and I would be saying: ‘Yes, great signing.’
Cristiano Ronaldo has warned Manchester United that Erik ten Hag will “need time” to be successful at Old Trafford.
The 37-year-old has broken his silence on the Red Devils’ decision almost a month after Ten Hag was appointed on a three-year deal with the option of an extra season. “I know that he has done a fantastic job at Ajax, and that he is an experienced coach, but we have to give him time,” Ronaldo told manutd.com.
Paulo Dybala’s agent is reportedly in London to hold talks over the Juventus star’s next destination.
The 28-year-old will leave Turin this summer when his contract expires, and both Manchester United and Arsenal have been linked with his signature. Dybala is represented by Jorge Antun, who is set to listen to offers from multiple clubs over the course of the next few weeks as his client searches for a new club.
As relayed by Sport Witness, Antun will also meet Frank Trimboli in the capital, an intermediary representing other interested English sides. United could be tempted into a move for the Argentina international, although a hefty signing-on fee is expected to be paid straight to Dybala due to no transfer being required.
Youth coach Neil Ryan is leaving Manchester United after 19 years at Old Trafford for a job with the Football Association, as per the Athletic.
Ryan has helped 39 players to make their first-team debuts and most recently assisted the Red Devils’ under-23 side. It is added that his successor is likely to come from within the club.
With transfer speculation increasing by the day, how exactly will Erik ten Hag set Manchester United up next season?
Paul Pogba is expected to lead a mass excodus and Barcelona star Frenkie de Jong has been touted as his replacement in midfield, leaving supproters to ponder a new-look starting XI.
And will Cristiano Ronaldo stay? Mirror Football understands that Ten Hag wants to keep him around, but Europa League football could sway his decision.
Jude Bellingham has addressed transfer speculation linking him with a switch to Manchester United or Liverpool from Borussia Dortmund.
Bellingham joined the Bundesliga side in a £25million transfer from his hometown club Birmingham City back in July 2020. The 18-year-old has since gone on to establish himself as one of the most promising young players in Europe and become a regular at international level for England.
That has led to renewed links with Manchester United, Liverpool and other top clubs – but Bellingham has now stated he will be starting next season still at Dortmund.
When asked about his future and summer transfer speculation, Bellingham told Ruhr Nachrichten BVB: “The only future I think about is the next game for Dortmund. I look forward to next season. I look forward to it finally starting. But yes, I will be here next season and I will be ready.”
Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo says everybody at the club is excited to welcome Erik ten Hag as our new manager.
The Dutchman wrapped up another Eredivisie title win with Ajax in midweek and is set to take over the reins from interim boss Ralf Rangnick following the final match of the Premier League season at Crystal Palace on Sunday 22 May.
Ronaldo will be out to add to his 18 league goals this term since his return to Old Trafford and our leading scorer is fully aware of the fine job Ten Hag has been doing in the Netherlands.
The Reds’ no.7 will feature in a very special upcoming episode of TeamViewer Diaries, which simply cannot be missed, and one of numerous topics covered was the subject of the next United manager.
“What I know about him is he did a fantastic job for Ajax, that he’s an experienced coach,” said Ronaldo in our exclusive interview. “But we need to give him time.
“Things need to change the way he wants.
“I hope we have success, of course, because, if you have success, all of Manchester is going to have success as well. I wish him the best.
“We are happy and excited, not only as players, but the supporters as well.
“I wish him the best and let’s believe that, next year, we are going to win trophies.”
Ronaldo has scored 24 goals in all competitions at club level this term, and helped Portugal qualify for the World Cup finals.
He picked up his second Premier League Player-of-the-Month award of the campaign at Carrington earlier this week and must be a strong contender for the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year trophy after landing four monthly prizes – in September, October, March and April.
Look out for the TeamViewer Diaries interview in full soon on our official club channels – we’ll also have exclusives with Anthony Elanga and David De Gea.
Few clubs will have to sell their sales pitch as well and articulately as Manchester United this summer.
Without the pulling power of being able to offer Champions League football, United could find life difficult when it comes to forming Erik ten Hag’s new-look squad over the coming months. Their Champions League hopes were officially ended after last Saturday’s 4-0 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion, even though, deep down, everyone knew that they had long since been and gone.
Therefore, United could find life difficult in convincing big-name players to join the club this summer. Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, who is the subject of interest from the Reds, is just one name that John Murtough, Darren Fletcher and Ten Hag could struggle to convince to make the move if Barcelona agree to play ball.
Barcelona have qualified for the Champions League next season and De Jong, almost certainly, would prefer to be strutting his stuff on a Tuesday or Wednesday evening, opposed to the potential prospect of facing unheard of clubs on Thursday evenings in the Europa Conference League. Therefore, it is critical that United put the correct foundations in place this summer to build back towards gearing up for a Champions League campaign this time next year.
United drafted in the likes of Raphael Varane, Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo last summer to form a Premier League title charge and compete in Europe’s premier club competition. Instead, they find themselves even further away. They are miles away from competing with Liverpool and Manchester City, and Ten Hag is tasked with the challenge of closing the gap.
But to close that gap he needs fresh blood that poses world-class talent. In De Jong, United would get exactly that.
He would be an upgrade on Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic and Fred, meaning it would be in the step direction, but how do United convince him to make the move without the bargaining tool of Champions League football? Ten Hag’s previous working relationship with him could be their biggest asset, but it is vitally important that he, along with Murtough and Fletcher, presents a philosophy that is both appealing and convincing.
The project Ten Hag will embark on this summer is going to be a long-term one. There is not going to be a quick-fix to the problems United have experienced this season.
It is going to require patience and, perhaps above all else, being prepared to show the willingness to stick to the plan, regardless of whether or not United enter choppy waters again. However, despite the lack of Champions League football on offer, United remain one of the biggest clubs in the world and a lot of players would jump at the chance to pull on the famous red shirt.
Admittedly, it might not be so easy to convince De Jong to swap Barcelona for Old Trafford, but other players, who play for lesser clubs, are likely to be willing to join the club, even if it means putting their feet up on a Tuesday or Wednesday evening, opposed to putting their boots on. A club of United’s stature will always be an attraction for players, make no mistake about that.
But United are now at a stage where Ten Hag needs to be given the chance to put the club back on the right path, both with a recognisable way of playing and operating off the field. Should they get that right, the challenges the may face in convincing players to join the club this summer might not be a problem for too long.
Erik ten Hag worked with Frenkie de Jong at Ajax and is expected to sign at least one midfielder for Man Utd this summer with Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic and Juan Mata set to leave; talks have been held but United’s failure to qualify for the Champions League will count against them
New United manager Erik ten Hag worked with De Jong at Ajax between 2017 and 2019.
De Jong helped Ajax reach the Champions League semi-finals in 2019 before he moved to Barcelona in a £75m deal.
United are expected to sign at least one midfielder this summer, with Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic and Juan Mata set to leave Old Trafford.
De Jong has two years left on his Barcelona contract and their financial problems may mean they are willing to sell this summer.
Talks have been held about a potential deal, but the failure to qualify for the Champions League will count against United if Barcelona decide to sell.
West Ham are keen to extend Rice’s current deal, which effectively runs until 2025 due to a club-held option in the contract, and do not want to let the midfielder go.
United and Chelsea are interested in the England international, who is open to leaving this summer.
West Ham offered Rice a new contract worth £200,000 per week – which would make him the highest-paid player in the club’s history – but the 23-year-old has rejected all offers.
The Hammers would be prepared to sell Rice, who joined the club at 14 after he was released by Chelsea, for the right price in the summer of 2023 if he does not sign a new contract.
Erik ten Hag held a planning meeting with Manchester United football director John Murtough in Amsterdam on Thursday as he starts to plot his new team’s revival.
United confirmed last month that Ten Hag will take the reins at Old Trafford this summer on a three-year deal, with the option of a further season.
Ten Hag is the permanent successor to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and planning is now underway ahead of his arrival, with Ralf Rangnick’s underwhelming interim stint coming to a close in the May 22 season finale at Crystal Palace.
Murtough is understood to have flown out to Amsterdam to see the Dutchman on Thursday morning. While the pair have been in dialogue since the appointment, intensive discussions over transfers and strategy were parked until Ajax had won the title.
It has been reported that ex-England boss and former United coach Steve McClaren, who worked with Ten Hag at Twente, and his current assistant Mitchell van der Gaag were also in attendance.
Ajax confirmed on Thursday afternoon that Club Brugge’s Alfred Schreuder – formerly an assistant to Ten Hag at the Dutch side – will succeed him as head coach this summer.