Erik ten Hag is not taking the rebuilding task at Old Trafford lightly. Instead of enjoying Ajax’s post-season trip to Curacao following their title win, the Dutchman decided to immediately turn his attention to Manchester United.
Already in London for strategic meetings, Ten Hag will also be present at Selhurst Park to watch United play Crystal Palace in their final game of the campaign.
The new boss feels there’s no time to waste, and is keen for the Old Trafford outfit to do their business as quickly as possible, as per the Telegraph. United are chasing forwards and midfielders, but the 52-year-old also wants to strengthen his side’s backline by adding a quality centre-back and a right-back.
Frenkie de Jong and Jurrien Timber are two of Ten Hag’s former players that are on United’s radar. De Jong’s qualities in and out of possession are appreciated by the Dutch tactician, while Timber’s versatility makes him an ideal option to address both centre-back and right-back positions.
The Premier League giants will also prioritise signing a younger forward. Ralf Rangnick, in his last pre-match press conference as United’s interim manager, suggested Cristiano Ronaldo’s lack of pressing as one of the reasons that forced him to compromise on his Gegenpressing philosophy.
In order improve the Red Devils’ fitness levels quickly, Ten Hag has instructed some members of the squad to return for pre-season on June 27. United are due to fly to Thailand on July 8 for the start of a pre-season tour, but the former Ajax manager is determined to maximise his time on the training ground this summer.