12 Apr 2022 | 14:38 | Football
Rangnick is delighted to have successfully renewed with Bruno Fernandes
Man Utd created a real whirlwind when they swept away Newcastle with a score of 4-1 in September. But it was only a sudden bright spot for individuals when they were in good form. Then, as we all know, a few months later, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had to leave and leave behind a series of questions about tactical imprints.
This team may have stars in different positions, but overall, they do not have a good fighting spirit and if taken over, Erik Ten Hag will have a lot of work to do at Old Trafford.
Accordingly, at this time, there are only three players of Man Utd that are worthy of the Dutch strategist’s trust.
First, Raphael Varane was an impressive signing last summer for the Reds. Despite the injuries that have been encountered, the 28-year-old midfielder still shows his qualities. Without many surprises, he will be the mainstay of the Man Utd defense for many years to come.
Meanwhile, the new contract awarded to Bruno Fernandes a few weeks ago is a well-deserved reward for his performances over the past two years. The deal only adds a year to the contract but the midfielder’s salary has been increased significantly. That shows, the midfield of Man Utd will revolve around the satellite Fernandes, whether Ten Hag or whoever comes to power.
After all, Jadon Sancho is someone the Dutch strategist can count on. He was brought back to Old Trafford to fill the right-wing position, but the £73m signing was more effective on the opposite wing.
As for the rest, they couldn’t be sure they would hold their position when the Ten Hag arrived. For example, David De Gea is saving Man Utd in many matches, but has been kicked out of Spain by coach Luis Enrique. It is also uncertain that he will fit in with Ten Hag’s new philosophy of play.
Similarly, Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw, who have fallen short of form this season, have to work harder to prove themselves to the new manager.
In midfield, Scott McTominay and Fred are the best elements of Man Utd right now. However, Ten Hag will probably bring in some rookies and as such, they need to work hard to keep the starting spot.
Finally, the future of Cristiano Ronaldo is still unclear. At the age of 37, he is not a long-term choice and Ten Hag has to calculate more than the transfer market. The Red Devils need a young striker who can shoulder the charge of Man Utd when Ronaldo leaves the team.
(translated from MEN)