Erik Ten Hag has a lot to work on when he starts coaching Manchester United’s new team next week, but getting the midfield right may be the most important thing.
The Dutch aim to bring their own-based offensive brand football to Old Trafford, and being able to balance in the middle of the park will determine how successful he is. This requires a signature with Ten Hag, who aims to bring both Frenkie de Jong and Christian Eriksen.
Barcelona aims to fund De John so that it can provide new funding for the aging Megastar. Ten Hag called out to a highly successful player at Ajax for his reunion at United. Eriksen, meanwhile, will be available for free transfer when his short-term contract in Brentford expires next week. Dane returned to remarkable action in January after suffering a cardiac arrest on the pitch while representing his country at Euro 2020.
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If United were able to complete both deals, they would add the technology and ingenuity they were terribly lacking, even without the defensive midfielders they were intended to prioritize. You’ve taken a big step. Eriksen and De John join Fred, Scott McTominay, Bruno Fernandes, Donny van de Beek and James Garner in United’s midfield ranks, but with so many options, Ten Hag What was the first midfield trio of hugs? Our writers have their say.
Tenhug longs for one of the most talented midfielders around, Daejeon, but parachutes him to the worst United team in decades, and the most fierce league is a thorough defensive. It’s a risk without a midfielder, but United has one of them that isn’t.
Since the transformation of Barcelona by Ajax giants Johan Cruyff and Rinus Michels nearly 50 years ago, De John has been playing culturally in collaboration with the club and the country. United has less identity crisis as identities (two-ups, traditional wings, tracking games) have been discontinued. One of Ten Hag’s few guarantees is that he needs to implement an ID. Therefore, I am determined to adopt DeJong.
Ten Hag is trying to modernize United after trying to put the watch back under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Ironically, Solskger contacted Eriksen and the base three years ago, giving United a swave. He has done little since then to justify Tenhug’s interests, and you have to be a special player to return to England from Serie A and play in the upper ranks (eg Cristiano Ronaldo). Hmm.
Eriksen spent three months in Brentford and it’s great that he was able to resume his career after a paralyzed scene in Copenhagen a year ago. United’s social media account can be imagined that he played the applause he received when he turned a corner in Old Trafford last month and also shot a welcome hug from Brandon Williams. Eriksen has been on the best Spurs team in the last 30 years, but he shouldn’t contribute to the rebuilding of United. Juan Mata is four years old and Eriksen is probably more alert, but he rarely separates them, and Eriksen lasted six years in the Premier League.
While it is beneficial for managers to sign players who are familiar with it, Tenhug is already at risk of making it extreme. Eriksen trained at Ajax earlier this year to regain the fitness of the match. Turning it on in Eredivisie and promoted clubs is a different level than United, the most scrutinized sports institution on the planet. He will be more valuable as a rotation option.
Losing Ten Hag’s interest in De John and Eriksen, Bruno Fernandes’ contract renewal (confirmed weeks before Ten Hag’s appointment was announced) is not natural and is already meaningless. Looks like. Fernandez turned 28 in September and controlling his football is not his style. Shaking him may persuade him to stop complaining and start controlling.
The fan-based section cancels Fred, but he shouldn’t be rushed away from the first XI, as long as United has the personnel to accommodate him. Ultimately, closing the window without a defensive midfielder would be United’s negligence. De Jung needs as much as defense.
For the past few seasons, United seemed to be in desperate need of a defensive midfielder, partly because of lack of quality and care and continued exposure to counterattacks. This was a badly structured team making bad choices.
The fact that Ten Hug targets De Jung suggests that he believes the lack of control is more important than the need for a midfielder to hold the elite. Eriksen also meets the bill.
De John played with Lasse Schöne in another midfielder, Ajax, who is not really a holding player. It seems that United can use a similar approach to pair De John and Fred. The Dutch can pick up the ball from a depth and help United climb the field. Fred, on the other hand, has the energy to push and cover the ground.
It leaves one role for more creative players. Van de Beak feels like a team player at best, which will be essentially between Eriksen and Fernandez. Given that Fernandez is loosening the ball for a risky approach, Tenhug’s desire to take ownership this summer could make Eriksen more suitable for his role.
It would be brave to have a new manager drop Fernandez, but Eriksen’s all-round quality could give him a midfield 3 advantage.
De John and Eriksen will represent great additions, but neither will actually solve the team’s biggest problem. United desperately needs a defensive midfielder. The midfield remains unbalanced without a specialist to protect the backline.
Rodri plays that role in Manchester City and Fabinho does it in Liverpool. The midfield of both teams would be significantly worse without these players. United must sign their defensive midfielder if they are competing for the trophy again.
Bruno Fernandes and De John should start in midfield 3, which means Eriksen will be left on his behalf, and he may not accept it. Frenkie de Jong and Eriksen’s midfield 3 are out of balance and United is vulnerable.
The space United desperately gave the opposition last season should be eliminated by coaching and some postponed tactical cohesion, but they remain in the position of their problem this year. If you don’t sign the defensive midfielder in the summer, you’ll be in the farce.