Erik ten Hag Set to Revolutionize Manchester United Midfield
Manchester United have had a great season and are looking to secure a top-four finish. But their manager Erik ten Hag is already looking to build on his first year in charge at Old Trafford by bringing in new reinforcements for the midfield.
The Dutchman has already made shrewd signings with Casemiro and Christian Eriksen, but he is not done yet.
Reports suggest that Manchester United is targeting a number of big stars for the midfield. Two of their targets are already well-known to Premier League fans,
with Moises Caicedo and Alexis Mac Allister making a huge impact for Brighton since moving to the Amex. The Seagulls’ sophisticated scouting network saw them claim both players on cheap deals, but they have been linked with a switch to Manchester United.
United is also reportedly looking further afield for new signings, with midfielder Orkun Kökçü, and his teammate Santiago Gimenez on their radar. Kökçü has been at Feyenoord since 2018 and has impressed across his 112 Eredivisie appearances.
Meanwhile, Gimenez is a striker who has enjoyed an impressive debut season for Feyenoord since his transfer from Cruz Azul.
While Harry Kane remains United’s top target up front, 21-year-old Gimenez would be a far cheaper option if tough negotiator Daniel Levy drives a hard bargain. The Mexican international has 10 goals in 26 league appearances but has left his best scoring form for Europe with five in seven Europa League games.
Ten Hag has a lot of options to choose from, and he is expected to remain faithful to experienced stars like Casemiro, Eriksen, and Bruno Fernandes.
However, the younger targets would give the Dutchman far more flexibility in picking his midfield. He could even opt for a formation closer to a 4-5-1 to build upon his tactical experiments in recent weeks.
United fans were impressed by Fernandes occupying a deeper role in the weekend’s win over Everton. The signings of Caicedo and Kökçü could put younger legs in and around him in midfield,
while Mac Allister’s versatility could see him pushed further wide. With the potential addition of Gimenez, the Red Devils could have a formidable midfield lineup that could take them to even greater heights.