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Erik ten Hag has internal battle between two players at Manchester United to deal with next season



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Manchester United are set for several signings this summer to improve Erik ten Hag’s squad at Old Trafford.

Mason Mount is already through the door, with Andre Onana likely to follow soon. A striker is also a must-buy and Rasmus Hojlund looks the best option.

There could also be further additions to the squad dependent on player sales, however, there is also a particular battle between two players that Ten Hag must manage and deal with.

A right-back in the market seems unlikely after Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s resurgence and Diogo Dalot’s recent contract extension.

Both players had impressive half-seasons last term. Dalot pre-World Cup, and Wan-Bissaka after the international competition.

The Portuguese was arguably one of the team’s most important players early in the season. However, his injury during the Qatar World Cup opened up an opportunity for ‘The Spider’, who took the chance with both hands.

Overall, the situation regarding the competition between the two was handled well and they both believe that they push each other on.

Moving into next term, Ten Hag will need to continue to assess the opposition and determine which skillset is more suitable. He also must keep both players happy.

It’s less likely that each player dominates either side of the campaign. Rotation between the pair will be more important unless any injuries prop up.

Wan-Bissaka played in United’s opening 45 minutes of pre-season against Leeds United in a game The Reds would go onto win 2-0.

Dalot, meanwhile, returned to training at Carrington on Saturday after an extended holiday due to playing in international fixtures.

Both will be keen to make the right-back spot their own next term, with the likelihood being that Ten Hag aims to upgrade in the position next summer if neither makes significant progress.

Meanwhile, the positions that are looking to be improved this summer are goalkeeper, midfielder and centre-forward.

The signing of Mason Mount has bolstered the engine room and another signing could be made in the midfield if other positions are dealt with and sales are made.

Andre Onana is on the verge of signing for the club to replace David de Gea as the No.1 – United are also reportedly looking at three potential backup ‘keepers.

The striker position is less simple. Rasmus Hojlund seems to be the main option due to the difficulties in a potential deal for Harry Kane.