According to sources, Manchester United CEO Richard Arnold agrees with Ralf Rangnick on the possibility of employing Erik ten Hag as the club’s next manager. While Mauricio Pochettino has long been considered the frontrunner to take over at Old Trafford, it looks that his Ajax counterpart has the backing of the club’s senior figures. Express Sport will now look at five players who could be in peril if the Dutchman is able to secure the post.
Anthony Martial is on loan at Sevilla right now.
United agreed to let the France international leave on loan because they thought he’d benefit from a short stint at Old Trafford, especially with his confidence in shambles.
Martial has had a good start to his career with the La Liga club, scoring twice in a 2-0 win over Elche on Friday.
Despite his talent, this ship has sailed.
Ten Hag will only want players who are completely committed to the mission, and while Martial has been professional, he has frequently battled to overcome barriers.
As a result, if Ten Hag obtains the job, it’s difficult to envision him staying. Pochettino, on the other hand, maybe more ready to give him another chance because he coveted him during his time at Tottenham.
Dean Henderson wishes to leave Manchester United.
And, given David De Gea’s outstanding performances, it’s difficult to imagine Ten Hag providing him with the regular action he craves.
Many predicted De Gea’s demise over the summer, but the Spaniard has responded by resuming his form from the Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho eras.
Ten Hag prefers young players, but he also values experience.
Given how dissatisfied he’s been with his minutes this season, it’s difficult to see Henderson staying around to warm the bench.
Whether Ten Hag or Pochettino is in charge, United will almost certainly try to find a buyer for Eric Bailly this summer.
There is no denying the Ivory Coast international’s skill.
However, he is too rash, and injuries have long kept him from reaching his full ability.
Ten Hag will not put his faith in a defender who has spent more time on the bench than on the pitch.
As a result, he’s another likely casualty if the Ajax manager, or Pochettino, ends up taking charge.
Ten Hag has assembled an Ajax midfield that is the ideal balance of youth and experience.
They’re all technically gifted players who can control the ball while still having the stamina to trackback.
As a result, if Ten Hag is appointed as United’s next manager at the end of the season, Nemanja Matic is likely to be fired.
The Serb’s finest days are behind him, and the 33-year-old is clearly on the decline.
Ten Hag will want to refresh the club’s midfield, therefore Matic may be allowed to depart after five years with the Red Devils.
Ten Hag has previously lauded Cristiano Ronaldo, describing him as one of the “greatest” players in the world.
But, like Matic, the years are catching up with him.
United is under pressure to play Ronaldo because of his age, but the harsh reality is that if a stronger manager was in control, he’d spend more time on the bench than in the starting lineup.
The fact that he has gone six games without scoring shows that something is wrong with the 37-year-old.
And, given Ten Hag’s preference for a quick and adventurous frontline, Ronaldo would be an outlier.