Manchester United are set for a new era which starts with a clear out. Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard are among those set to leave, while Nemanja Matic could also be moved on.
Midfield signings are expected, but there could be opportunities for younger players too. James Garner has received plenty of attention through his loan performances at Nottingham Forest, and if he helps them to win promotion, he could end up back there in 2022/23 too.
This would benefit young teammate Dylan Levitt, who has quietly been making an impact on loan at Dundee United.
Levitt has been a regular for the Tangerines and has evaded the difficulty which blighted his loan spells last season, which saw him head to Croatia to find regular football. He remains a regular in the Wales squad.
At a crossroads
Levitt, 21, is at a crossroads this summer. It is two years since he made his one and only first team appearance in a Manchester United shirt against Astana, where he impressed. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer failed to capitalise on that.
This summer Levitt and United have to make a choice, to give him a proper chance, to sell him, or to send him out on yet another loan.
The midfielder has been described by his Dundee United manager Tam Courts as an ‘enabler’, a player who makes the entire team better. United could do with one of those right now.
Courts told the Scottish Daily Express earlier this year: “Dylan is a really important player for us. When he joined us at the St Johnstone game, earlier in the season, he was a real enabler for the way we wanted to play.
“When we lost him for that period it did lead to a downturn in performances and results. That was for a variety of reasons. When Dylan is playing it definitely improves our performance levels and our results.”
In pre-season last year Levitt impressed, but a decision had already been made, he was heading out on loan. There is a chance, even if it is a small one, that Levitt’s fate is different this time around under Ten Hag.
Traits Ten Hag would like
There is a reason Levitt could thrive under Ten Hag and impress the Dutch boss, he is a strong possession footballer who likes to get stuck in from a defensive side too.
Having a robust, ball playing midfielder is key to how Ten Hag’s teams play, and Levitt could blossom under him. This season he is averaging 1.5 key passes per game, showing his creative side, the highest in the Dundee United team.
Levitt also averages 1.2 interceptions and 1.2 tackles per game, while his main weakness is from a physical standpoint, where he averages just 0.4 aerial duels won.
Teammate Kevin McDonald believes there is more to come, telling The Courier of Levitt: “He’s so gifted technically and has great spatial awareness. Put him on a big stage week-in, week-out then he’s going to look even better than he does right now. It’s down to Dylan how far his career goes. He can go a long way if he wants it.”
Levitt has become somewhat of a forgotten man at United, but he could come back and remind supporters who he is. The young midfielder must stay injury free ahead of a big pre-season which could provide him with a fresh chance.