Erik Ten Hag is the manager many Manchester United fans want to take charge at Old Trafford next season and beyond. The Mail report he is also the recommend choice of Ralf Rangnick.
While by no means a done deal, there is other business to be conducted too beyond manager, with a view to signing players to enable the incoming boss to implement his vision for success.
One way to help him out is to sign one of his Ajax stars, who have helped his side score more than 100 goals this season and concede just 10. This will help him get his message across to the rest of the United team.
Well, according to 90Min, Manchester United are among several top clubs eyeing Brazilian winger Antony.
The Brazilian is said to be keen on a move to the Premier League, and would prefer this to a move to Italy or Spain.
If Ten Hag were to clinch a move to United, then the Red Devils would have a clear advantage to sign Antony over rival interest from Liverpool and Chelsea, irrespective of Champions League football.
Ten Hag was quoted by Football Oranje speaking to ESPN earlier this season, saying: “It is clear that he is an incredible talent. He is going through an incredibly beautiful development. Especially if we perform in the Champions League, then it is clear that he will come into the spotlight and be interesting for a lot of clubs.”
Why Antony fits United
There are somewhat surprising questions over United’s options on the right wing, despite considerable investment in the position over the past two years.
This is due to several factors. Firstly the Mason Greenwood situation has seen him removed as an option.
Secondly, Jadon Sancho has been more effective on the left wing and this could be where his future lies. Amad and Facundo Pellistri remain as ‘projects’, leaving space for a new addition.
If Ten Hag is going to bring an Ajax player to Manchester United, it makes a lot of sense to sign a top emerging talent who is just 21, whose development he has already started, and can continue to help him reach the next level.
This season the youngster has scored 11 goals already and provided six assists, which include assists in the Champions League against Borussia Dortmund and Sporting.
The winger is an exciting player whose career is only just getting started, and this is clearly one to watch ahead of the summer if United are successful in hiring Erik Ten Hag.
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