Incoming Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has already started work on fixing the disjointed squad… and the Ajax boss is in regular contact with Old Trafford chiefs
- Erik ten Hag will join Manchester United after the current season has finished
- The Ajax boss is in regular contact with the football department at Old Trafford
- Ten Hag is deciding whether United’s out-of-contract players will stay at the club
- United have been respectful of Ten Hag’s commitment to Ajax in Dutch title race
United are respectful of Ten Hag’s commitments in Holland in the middle of a title race — his side beat PEC Zwolle 3-0 yesterday — but on days off, he is in regular contact with the football department headed by John Murtough and Darren Fletcher.
The incoming manager will have a key role in deciding whether United’s out of contract players will be offered deals to stay, before he ends his spell in Amsterdam on May 15.
Erik ten Hag is set to join Manchester United but the club are respectful of his Ajax role
Paul Pogba is among the players who are out of contract at United at the end of the season
So far there has been no strong indication from Ten Hag that Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Edinson Cavani — all due to leave in the summer — need to be secured.
Instead, there is a belief that freeing up squad spaces will allow the 52-year-old to make four or five signings.
In addition, Andreas Pereira, Anthony Martial and James Garner are all available to return from loan.
United technical director Darren Fletcher is set to play a key role at the club under Ten Hag
Former player Fletcher is set to play a more visible role in United’s recruitment process this summer.
Matt Judge, who often led meetings with potential targets and their agents, is leaving United and Fletcher will take over some of those responsibilities.
The Scot won numerous trophies with United as a player under Sir Alex Ferguson and is in a good position to enthuse prospective recruits about what playing for the club means.