Manchester United now have to plan for the future and that means a full scale overhaul at the club. The first step is the manager, and then he will look to bring in several new signings.

The two will be interlinked, and two possible Old Trafford arrivals met each other on Tuesday night in Amsterdam.

This saw potential manager Erik Ten Hag’s Ajax defeated by Darwin Nunez’s Benfica. The Uruguayan striker scored the killer goal to seal a 1-0 win for the Portuguese team.

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Ten Hag has consistently been linked as a United managerial target, with The Mail reporting he is keen on the role.

Portuguese newspaper A Bola reported last month United had sent scouts to watch Darwin Nunez in action.

This week, perhaps the biggest scout was the man in the Ajax dugout, Erik Ten Hag.

Nunez grabs Ten Hag’s attention

Manchester United need a striker to lead the line next season. Cristiano Ronaldo is 37 and while his intentions are unclear, we do know Edinson Cavani will leave on a free transfer and Anthony Martial wants to go.

Nunez will be Cavani’s replacement at international level and could be at club level too. This season he has scored 26 goals now for Benfica.

If Erik Ten Hag is appointed, landing a striker is going to be among his top priorities. And it is likely Nunez has put himself top of the list.

Nunez’s form this season has been too good to ignore. We reported last month how he had scored with five of his last six shots on target.

Since then he has won an award for the best footballer at Benfica in the last 12 months. He has also been described as the ‘most valuable player in Portuguese football‘, last week.

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The 22-year-old’s performances have put him on the map. Players from the Portuguese league have had success moving to England recently, from Ruben Dias to Bruno Fernandes to Luis Diaz most recently, and Nunez appears a solid gamble for a team in need of a prolific goalscorer.

Erik Ten Hag has a good chance of being named Manchester United boss in the summer, and if that does happen, then Nunez really has put his name firmly in the frame.

Benfica’s winner will haunt the Dutchman, with Nunez showing he only needed one chance to score. The winner was his only shot of the game in a match Ajax dominated, and the Uruguayan made it count.

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