Whenever a manager leaves for a new club, it’s inevitable that he will be linked with a number of his former players. That’s certainly the case with Erik ten Hag who is tipped to consider specific members of his Ajax squad as he prepares to head for Old Trafford.
Will United fans be happy with the suggestions? It’s not always easy to make the switch from the Dutch Eredivisie to the English Premier League but could these players be up to the task?
Much could depend on the level of European football available at Old Trafford next season. If the club does manage to claim the final Champions League slot, they will be able to court a higher standard of player in the summer transfer window. If United fall short, there will be fewer options.
Defeat to rivals Arsenal makes the quest much more difficult. The Gunners, along with Tottenham, are pulling clear and are now joint favourites to finish inside the Top Four. According to online sports betting sites in Qatar and beyond, Manchester United are losing ground in that Top Four market.
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Names in the Frame
According to the media gossip columns, one of Ajax’s current squad has already issued a ‘come and get me’ plea to Erik ten Hag. Brian Brobbey has supposedly asked ten Hag to take him to Old Trafford when he crosses to the EPL in the summer.
The 20-year-old striker is only on loan at the Johan Cruyff Arena, having made a temporary switch from RB Leipzig in January. He had previously been at Ajax as a teenager and had failed to impress but he’s been productive since returning, scoring four goals in his first seven league games.
Elsewhere in the Ajax squad, Brazilian forward Anthony has been attracting interest for some time. At the age of 22, he’s already played nine times for the Brazil national side, scoring twice.
Anthony has previously been linked with a number of English clubs, including Liverpool, but Ten Hag’s arrival at Old Trafford has supposedly put Manchester United in pole position.
Other players from within the Ajax squad may also be put under the media microscope in the next few weeks. Dusan Tadic, Sebastien Haller and Maarten Stekelenburg are among those linked with a move away from Amsterdam.
Returning for one last chance
The scheduled arrival of Erik ten Hag at Manchester United may also prove advantageous to one of the club’s high profile misfits. Donny van de Beek has been ineffective since joining from Ajax and has since been loaned out to Everton.
While his temporary club have been involved in a relegation battle, Van de Beek has largely been left on the substitute’s bench and that’s not a great endorsement from Toffees’ manager Frank Lampard.
Ten Hag has previously been critical of Ole Gunnar Solskjær and Ralf Rangnick over their treatment of the Dutch international. Having made those comments, the new United manager may look foolish if he doesn’t give Van de Beek a chance to become a first team regular at Old Trafford.
It’s certainly going to be an interesting summer in terms of transfer dealings but would any of Ajax’s current squad enhance the playing staff at Old Trafford?