Frenkie de Jong comments on his best position backs up Erik ten Hag's praise

Manchester United are close to signing Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, according to Spanish journalist Gerard Romero.

Romero covers Barcelona and says the club need to sell De Jong due to a ‘pure economic issue’, claiming a move to Manchester United is ‘95% complete.

So while we wait and see if this move does come off, the big question lies over where De Jong fits in. He’s not the pure defensive midfielder United need, but then, nor would a Toni Kroos, a Luka Modric, and both of those in their prime would immeasurably improve he club regardless.

De Jong is still 24, his best years ahead of him, and his own comments on his best role indicate he would make it work at Manchester United.

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Frenkie de Jong comments on his best position

Frenkie de Jong made comments on his best position in an interview with The Guardian earlier this year.

De Jong explained all he needs, is to be involved. He said: “I don’t necessarily have one position where I really want to play, but I think I’m at my best if I’m in a role where I can often touch the ball.”

He also said he has been working with Barcelona boss Xavi to analyse his game and further improve, and invaluable teacher.

But if there is a manager who understands De Jong better than anybody, it is Erik ten Hag, who managed him at Ajac and could be reunited with him at Manchester United.

Quoted by UEFA.com, the incoming United boss said previously: “He is always calm and always has the solution.

“He scans so well that he always knows how to go forward. You can hardly put him under pressure – that is such a great gift.”

United need a player like this in midfield, having lacked one since Michael Carrick retired, a midfielder who wants to get on the ball and dictate play.

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Whether De Jong can be persuaded to leave Barcelona remains to be seen, and it’s unclear what Xavi thinks about potentially having to sell him.

But if he is put up for sale, it’s no surprise Erik ten Hag is pushing to sign him. He probably did not even have to think about it.

De Jong is the kind of player who will just fit in. Ten Hag knows enough about him to make it work, and will ensure he gets enough of the ball to have a big influence.

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