The challenges that lie ahead for Manchester United are immense. The Red Devils have lost a lot of the attacking spirit with which they used to operate, finishing as many points away from the winner’s spot as they did from the relegation zone last season.
This is not a statistic that suits a club of their history and sure enough, they have been hyped to be very active this transfer window and overhaul their squad for a positive run in the future.
While a host of big names have been discussed over the weeks, there has been confirmation about the signing of just one player.
Manchester United have secured Ajax youngster Dillon Hoogewerf. The 16-year-old confirmed the move by releasing a short video on his Instagram which showed him transitioning from an Ajax jersey into a United one.
The Dutch international is understood to have refused a chance to sign a full-time professional contract with Ajax and instead opted to join the Red Devils.
He impressed immensely over the course of the past seasons for Ajax’s U-17s squad and is expected to be an important addition to Nicky Butt’s U-18s squad at Manchester.
Ajax have showed a great penchant for developing players in recent years. Their present squad is riddled with brilliant talents who are still quite youthful and Hoogewerf may carry the same winning DNA.
The player’s intention of moving to Old Trafford had been reported prior and he is technically the first new signing of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s era at Manchester United.
This move also shows an important step taken by the club. While signing marquee players for huge sums is merely a short-term shot-in-the-arm solution to the woes of the club, a strong academy can always be relied upon to provide able talents in the future.