When it comes to his final movements as Ajax manager, it is believed that Erik ten Hag will prioritise a move for Owen Wijndal. The transfer of the Dutchman’s chosen profile of transfer target is revealed in the transaction.
The statement by John Murtough that Manchester United are completing a comprehensive process to find the club’s next long-term manager has generated fresh speculation among supporters over who the club’s next long-term manager will be, with a number of names still in the running.
In terms of the top job at Old Trafford, Mauricio Pochettino remains the betting favourite with bookies, and given his prior Premier League experience, some United fans believe he is the best man for the position. However, Erik ten Hag appears to be the clear favorite with the club’s supporters in general.
Manchester United would appear to be a natural fit for Ajax’s Ten Hag, who has been lauded for his performances both domestically and in European play.
But what does this mean for the current Manchester United squad, exactly?
It is reasonable to assume that if Ten Hag is appointed as manager at Old Trafford, he will want to buy a lot of players in the summer to match his ambition and style of play, and it is reasonable to assume that some of the current group will not be up to the standard required. If recent claims are to be accepted, there is one player in particular who should be concerned.
According to recent sources in the Netherlands, Ajax manager Erik Ten Hag is seeking to strengthen his present squad in order to compete for trophies in the future. There is new rumor that the Dutch club is interested in signing AZ Alkmaar left-back Owen Wijndal this summer.
In the Eredivisie so far this season, the Dutch left-back has one goal and eight assists, and he is expected to take over for Nicolas Tagliafico, who is keen to quit the club and join Barcelona.
It is clear from the linkages to Wijndal, which include players such as Noussair Mazraoui and the previously mentioned Tagliafico, that Ten Hag places a strong emphasis on encouraging his full-backs to move forward on a frequent basis and to be progressive with their usage of the ball. This does not appear to suit the profile of Aaron Wan-Bissaka in any way.
Despite being defensively sound, Wan-Bissaka struggles to cross and pass under pressure, and as a result, he may not be the best choice for the role that Ten Hag will want his full-backs to play in the build-up to the game.
As a result of his on-the-ball talent, Diogo Dalot has seen more action in recent weeks; yet, he is not yet at the pinnacle of his abilities, even though his profile of a right-back is more in line with what United manager Erik Ten Hag would prefer to see at United.
While it would be ideal if United could get Mazraoui for nothing from Ajax, the Moroccan right-back has a lot of suitors around Europe, and right-back does not appear to be a particularly important position at the moment, with the midfield and striker positions still requiring attention. Unless, of course, they decide to move Wan-Bissaka elsewhere if he does not prove to be a good stylistic match.
The Red Devils paid £50 million on Wan-Bissaka, but they may be forced to trim their losses in the near future if Ten Hag is tipped to take over as manager at Old Trafford in the coming months. He appears to be the most ill-suited candidate for a possible first-team squad, and the links to Wijndal are already indicating what he would want from any new arrivals at United in terms of skill set.