Whilst the latest prospect of having Erik ten Hag sign on as a manager may leave a sense of excitement amongst fans across the world, a real impression may be made on the current squad of Manchester United.
With a rebuild in mind for the Red Devils next season it is highly likely we will see many fresh faces in Old Trafford for times to come. With this in mind, the opportunity will likely also arise for current squad players we once were convinced of stardom at the Theatre of Dreams.
Let us talk about Anthony, not Antony currently being an essential part of Erik ten Hag’s Ajax team but the former golden boy winner and the once fan favourite since his illustrious debut against Liverpool in 2015.
Although Anthony Martial’s agent has stated that he would like to leave the club, should this not eventuate, Martial is eyeing a real chance to be a part of a fresh Manchester United team under a manager who is known to get the best out of his wide attackers.
With the 2019/2020 season being a standout for United’s no.9, contributing to 17 goals along with 6 assists, a need to find a resurgence to this form is essential not only for Martial but for the Reds. Although many fans have since given up on the former golden boy, Martial showed real glimpses of his ability during his last game for Manchester United against West Ham, where he played a vital part in the build-up for Rashford’s late winner in which the Frenchman came on as a substitute.
Since this game Martial has gone on loan to Spanish club Sevilla and has since failed to show the best of his ability. With the Spanish club unlikely to return for the Frenchman on a permanent transfer, Martial could get a chance next season with Edinson Cavani likely to leave and Cristiano Ronaldo the only recognised centre-forward in the group. Who better than Erik ten Hag to get Anthony Martial firing to the form the once golden boy showed at Manchester United.
Since the arrival of Ralf Rangnick on an interim basis, Diogo Dalot has received an unexpected lifeline in his career at Manchester United.
In a transfer window which saw Raphael Varane, Jadon Sancho and Ronaldo all make their way to Old Trafford, it was also heavily speculated that Manchester United were interested in doing a deal with the former Atletico Madrid right-back Kieran Trippier.
During this time of speculation, it was also suggested that Dalot was on his way out, all until a certain German stepped through the front doors of Old Trafford.
Since Rangnick’s arrival, the Portuguese right-back has featured in the Manchester United starting line up regularly and has shown an alternative style of play to his fellow competitor in position, Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Since featuring, Dalot has impressed many with his strong ability of his being his forward progression as well as his aerial ability. In terms of a physical need amongst players in which Rangnick talks about going forward, Diogo Dalot ticks this box as well as possessing an impressive forward craft which is essential to a modern-day fullback.
With the prospect of Ten Hag coming into this Manchester United team and full backs being a low priority on the transfer list, it is likely we will see Dalot have a chance to impress the Dutchman. Being only 23, he fits Erik Ten Hags criteria in age and with much room for improvement we can see the Portuguese no.20 excel under a manager known to get the best out of his youth.
Donny van de Beek
You did not think that I was going to go through a list of players that would flourish under Ten Hag without talking about Donny van de Beek, did you? Well now It’s finally time to talk about Donny.
During Van de Beek’s stint at Old Trafford it is fair to say that that it has been nothing short of anti-climactic with 50 appearances for Manchester United with only 1,836 minutes to show for it.
With these stats being compared to Donny’s 175 games for Ajax and 12,347 minutes played as well as having 41 goals and 34 assists, it is evident that Erik ten Hag sees Donny as a player he can trust in the midfield. With the likeliness of Paul Pogba leaving in the summer it is fully expected that the Dutchman will be given the chance to show United supporters his full ability, and with a reunion with his former boss it is possible that he will flourish after all.
Although he may have not been the signing for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, I fully expect Donny to play a pivotal part in the rebuild of Manchester United under Erik ten Hag.
Both fresh and familiar faces
With the transfer window around the corner and a rebuild in sight, it is without question that we will see fresh faces arriving at the Theatre of Dreams.
With Erik ten Hag emerging as the preferred candidate to take over the reigns as Manchester United manager, it is thought we will see a new system of play Manchester United will take to field.
With that being said there will be a new lifeline for these players mentioned, as well as others, and with the experience the Ajax manager brings in terms of development, we may see familiar faces in the squad flourish whether it be the player you always knew would succeed or the one that you have given up on.
Time will have tell but without a doubt there is a sense of excitement buzzing at Old Trafford with the possibility of this appointment.