Three players who would benefit from Erik ten Hag becoming Manchester United manager

Three players who would benefit from Erik ten Hag becoming Manchester United manager

The size of the challenge awaiting prospective Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag is an enormous one.

The Dutchman, who has transformed Ajax’s fortunes since taking the reins at the Johan Cruyff Arena in December 2017, is one of the favourites to take over at Old Trafford ahead of the start of next season and oversee the next chapter in the club’s history. The Manchester Evening News understands that he is United’s preferred candidate for the role and they are big admirers of his managerial credentials.

Both domestically and in Europe, Ten Hag has overseen an excellent job at Ajax over the last few years, putting the club back on the map after a few years of disappointments. His ability to get his players playing a nice brand of football, as well as installing huge amounts of trust in youth, is what has made him so successful.

Although Ten Hag, should he be appointed United’s next manager, will face a series of difficult challenges in his attempts to take the club back to where they want to be, he could, if granted patience, be able to oversee a long-term project that United have been longing for. Big changes are needed within the squad this summer and the Dutchman could be the right person to oversee that change, least of all the introduction of several youngsters to the first-team fold.

But it is not just youngsters that could benefit from Ten Hag’s methods; senior players who have lost their way could also benefit from his presence. With that said, MEN Sport has taken a close look at three players who could benefit from the Ajax chief being appointed as Ralf Rangnick’s replacement.

Donny van de Beek

It sounds obvious, doesn’t it? However, the prospect of Ten Hag taking over could be Donny van de Beek’s last chance to save his United career.

His time at Old Trafford, as highlighted by his January loan move to Everton, has not gone according to plan and he has struggled to live up to the expectations that greeted his arrival at the club from Ajax in 2020. Under Ten Hag’s management, however, he thrived, playing in a recognisable system that suited him and enabled him to produce the goods, certainly in an attacking sense.

After all, United must have seen something in Van de Beek under Ten Hag to part with almost £40million for his signature. English football, of course, is very different to Dutch football, there can be no argument about it, but Van de Beek could be resurrected under a manager he is familiar with and has an excellent relationship with.

There are no guarantees that the midfielder could finally turn the heat up on his Old Trafford career, but Ten Hag could be the man that enables him to threaten to do just that. If he gets a tune out of him, he would be like a new signing for United.

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