The identity of the next permanent Manchester United manager has been announced and it is Erik ten Hag. And it is safe to say that the Dutchman will have his work cut out for him, as the Red Devils continue to disappoint on the pitch. Following their 3-1 defeat against Arsenal, the club have now fallen significantly behind in the top four race and seem unlikely to finish in the Champions League qualification spots.
This will also be their fifth straight season without a trophy and it goes without saying that a major rebuild is required at Old Trafford.
And hopefully we will get to see that with the arrival of Ten Hag and he will be allowed to rebuild the squad in his own vision.
One player that Manchester United have been linked with for a long time is Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips and as reported by Manchester Evening News, the Red Devils have already begun working on a deal for the midfielder, who is valued at a transfer fee between £50 million and £60 million.
Manchester United have begun working on a deal for Phillips
Manchester United have needed to make an addition in midfield for a long time but have decided to stick with their options till now. That will have to change in the summer though as Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba look set to depart the club.
Phillips has been one of the best midfielders in England for a while now and played a huge part in the national team’s run to the EURO 2020 final last summer.
Thus, if Manchester United are able to sign him, it would be considered as a major coup on the part of the club.
On the other hand, Donny van de Beek’s career looks set to be handed a major boost with the arrival of Ten Hag. The Dutch manager played a huge part in his development at Ajax.