Manchester United have been told they must build their future around three players as Sir Jim Ratcliffe looks to rebuild the Old Trafford club after a decade of poor performances.
Despite periods of short-lived success, the current situation under Erik ten Hag since the turn of 2024 and the impending arrival of Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS as the new controllers of the sporting side of Old Trafford has brought in some much-needed optimism.
Lee Sharpe, who played predominantly as a winger between 1988 and 1996 at Manchester United, has listed three players that Sir Jim Ratcliffe must build the future of United around.
“If Rasmus Højlund, Kobbie Mainoo and Alejandro Garnacho stay fit and Man United look after them – keep a couple of experienced players and sign some superstars to go alongside them – I don’t see why the club in the future can’t be built around them,” he said to instantcasino.com.
“They’re already producing man of the match performances week in, week out at such a young age – they’re taking all the accolades at the moment between the three of them.
“I know it’s just a short period of time, and we don’t want to get too overexcited and too carried away, but these three aren’t just carrying the team at the moment – they’re carrying the club!
“It shows that Erik ten Hag is comfortable with putting young players into the starting XI, which is what the club has always been about. The future certainly looks bright with those three at the club.”
After making his first real impact on the club last year, Alejandro Garnacho has become an integral part of Ten Hag’s team, having started every single one of the club’s last 20 fixtures across all competitions.
Rasmus Højlund is now the club’s top scorer across all competitions with 11 goals, while Kobbie Mainoo has firmly established himself among the team’s best midfielders with fantastic performances since the beginning of December.
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