Frenkie de Jong isn’t the one guy who can repair Guy United midfield… Erik ten Hag has choices

Manchester United supervisor Erik ten Hag will have few proceedings over the membership’s dedication to land his Number one switch goal, Frenkie de Jong, this summer season.

United have pulled out all of the stops, dispatching membership chiefs Richard Arnold and John Murtough, to Spain to barter with Barcelona over a switch for De Jong and they’ve concluded a posh deal value £71.5M.

The only downside seems to be De Jong himself. Regardless of Ten Hag’s need to carry his former protege and compatriot to Manchester, the participant turns out reluctant.

Frenkie de Jong is being shopped by Barcelona as they need to reduce their wage bill

Frenkie de Jong is being shopped via Barcelona as they want to cut back their salary invoice

In line with a record within the Spanish outlet, Game, he dislikes Manchester and believes the membership is administered unevenly. There could also be the £17M De Jong is owed in wages via Barcelona, which he would possibly wish to pocket ahead of leaving Spain.

Ten Hag has made transparent that De Jong is central to his plans at United, as he seeks ownership and management within the frenzy of the Premier League.

Within the Dutch taste, the executive needs a conserving midfield participant who dominates the sport thru his talent at the ball, now not his damaging qualities off it, even though that implies assigning a minder to play along him in the midst of the park.

De Jong’s strengths are his talent to retain ownership in tight spaces and to transport his group up the pitch thru unerringly correct passing and dynamic dribbles and carries.

De Jong is proving stubborn in his insistence that he does not want to leave Barcelona

Ten Hag is keen to add De Jong to his midfield, who he coached at Ajax

Frenkie de Jong (left) reportedly has little interest in becoming a member of Erik ten Hag at Manchester United

The boss has obviously now not given up the pursuit.

‘We’re searching for a participant who can play within the conserving [deep-lying] midfield place,’ Ten Hag instructed newshounds at the membership’s excursion of Australia. ‘There aren’t many in that place able to the extent we call for.’

So, if now not De Jong, then who? What possible choices do United have if the Dutch maestro refuses to re-join Ten Hag in Manchester.

Fabian Ruiz

The Napoli midfielder possesses precisely the attributes Ten Hag is searching for in De Jong.

One of the vital qualities that makes De Jong so sexy is his ‘press resistance’. He hardly provides the ball away, and Ruiz, 26, who has 15 caps for Spain, may be very an identical.

In 32 appearances in Serie A final season, scoring seven objectives and aiding 4, Ruiz made much more passes beneath force than De Jong accomplished for Barcelona. He was once much more likely to stay ownership in a take on and was once much less liable to mis-control. Each gamers posted a go pageant charge of round 90 in step with cent.

Napoli's deep-lying midfielder Fabian Ruiz has all the qualities Ten Hag is looking for

Napoli’s deep-lying midfielder Fabian Ruiz has all of the qualities Ten Hag is searching for

If Ten Hag needs somebody to appear after the ball, then he can depend on Ruiz, and the Spaniard could also be revolutionary in his passing.

Added to that, he simplest has three hundred and sixty five days left on his contract, and has reportedly refused to signal an extension. In January, Newcastle tabled a £42m bid for Ruiz, however Napoli are searching for round £26M now.

The Spaniard is a much less achieved dribbler that the Dutchman, who has the power to ghost previous gamers and open up area.

However Ruiz does raise the ball neatly and likes to burst ahead into enemy territory, growing alternatives for others.

Ruben Neves

The Wolves famous person has attracted hobby from Manchester United ahead of and consistent with Talksport the membership’s hierarchy are having any other glance, now.

It’s simple to look the enchantment. Neves, 25, is tremendous dependable in ownership, but in addition succesful of a few magic moments and extremely adaptable.

Underneath Nuno Espirito Santo, the Portuguese was once requested to sit down deep and protect the distance in entrance of the 3 central defenders. He enabled Wolves to achieve management in midfield thru his high quality at the ball, however as well as, he’s excellent within the take on and a prepared presser.

Ruben Neves of Wolves has shown impressive quality and adaptability in the Premier League

Ruben Neves of Wolves has proven spectacular high quality and suppleness within the Premier League

Neves’ more potent defensive recreation may even permit the executive to head with a three-man midfield, reasonably than the ‘double pivot’ he’s experimenting with pre season.

And in ownership, Neves nearly by no means mis-controls a go and effectively receives the ball from an eye-opening 96 in step with cent of passes, consistent with FBREF.

Since Bruno Lage took over at Molineux, Neves has been requested to play in a extra complicated function, which has allowed him to show a distinct talent set.

Final season, he dribbled and carried the ball extra frequently than ahead of, even supposing he did not fit De Jong when it comes to development.

The Portuguese has attracted interest from the Manchester United hierarchy before

The Portuguese has attracted hobby from the Manchester United hierarchy ahead of

The Dutchman was once two times as prone to raise the ball into the highest 3rd of the pitch and into the penalty house than the Portuguese, however then he was once taking part in for a Barcelona group that ruled maximum fighters.

Wolves are prepared to promote the Portugal midfielder this summer season, as he has two years left on his contract and he’s not likely to signal a brand new one as issues stand.

Then again, Wolves up to now indicated they sought after round £70M for Neves, very similar to Jong, and ten Hag won’t proportion their valuation.

Youri Tielemans

Continuously regarded as a box-to-box No 8, Tielemans may take a seat in for United and pull the strings of the attacking skill in entrance of him.

A few of Ten Hag’s love for De Jong comes from his trust that the Barca guy ‘makes the forwards higher’.

Tielemans, 25, has an all-round midfield recreation and if he was once paired with Fred or Scott McTominay within the 4-2-3-1 formation Ten Hag has favoured pre-season, United will have each a bodily and technical grip in midfield.

Youri Tielemans is impressive with and without the ball and could anchor United's midfield

Youri Tielemans is spectacular with and with out the ball and may anchor United’s midfield

The Leicester Town guy is rather satisfied to impose himself at the opponent. He made extra tackles final season than any of the choices to De Jong regarded as right here, except for Fred. He places himself about, is excellent one-on-one and puts his frame at the line when wanted.

He’s additionally at ease making passes beneath force and satisfied to obtain the ball in tight spaces.

Tielemans has now not been as actual in ownership as De Jong or Ruiz, making 82 in step with cent of his passes final season, in spite of hitting rather few lengthy balls for Leicester, however accuracy all the time suffers the additional ahead a participant operates.

And he’s much less dynamic in ownership, making an attempt fewer dribbles and carries in particular on the most sensible finish of the pitch.

It’s all these runs that open the sport up for the forwards since defensive midfielders and defenders need to maintain them, opening up area somewhere else.That mentioned, Tielemans is into the general 12 months of his contract and might be to be had for lower than £30M, which might be worth for cash.

Christian Eriksen

If United can’t trap De Jong to Manchester, they have already got a variety of answers in space.

Christian Eriksen, 30, is one in every of them. A confirmed performer within the Premier League, he’s one in every of simplest two gamers to have equipped 10 or extra assists in 4 consecutive most sensible flight seasons, the opposite being United legend, David Beckham.

And with 66 assists total, he sits 2nd within the Premier League desk, in the back of Kevin De Bruyne.

Christian Eriksen has proved himself as an attacking midfielder, but he could play deeper

Christian Eriksen has proved himself as an attacking midfielder, however he may play deeper

No longer strangely, when Eriksen signed on a loose switch following a stupendous cameo at Brentford final season, after his restoration from a cardiac arrest right through Euro 2020, he was once noticed as an attacking midfield possibility.

However the Dane has the flexibility and skill to evolve to a deeper function to carry better calm to final season’s chaotic midfield.

Ten Hag has spoken ahead of about adapting to the gamers he has at each Ajax and United. He’s a pragmatist.

And responding to questions in regards to the problem of bringing De Jong to Previous Trafford, he raised the potential of shuffling his current pack.

‘We need to maintain the gamers in our squad now and we will be able to increase one in that place,’ steered ten Hag.

Ten Hag has to decide how long to wait on de Jong if his Dutch compatriot refuses to move

Ten Hag has to make a decision how lengthy to attend on de Jong if his Dutch compatriot refuses to transport

The 2 males know every different after Eriksen skilled with Ajax following his cardiac arrest.

The previous Spurs and Inter Milan midfielder does now not fit De Jong’s stats for passing accuracy and press resistance, however then he has a tendency to play upper up the sector and his function is to create alternatives, which all the time brings better chance for upper praise.

Ten Hag has made transparent he’s at Previous Trafford for a three-year mission. He would possibly make a decision he has sufficient skill within the construction to begin the marketing campaign, reasonably than spend giant cash on his 2nd or 3rd selection.


The wonder contender within the listing to interchange De Jong is Fred. When Ten Hag mentioned he may mildew a participant inside his ranks may he if truth be told had been considering of the Brazilian?

Previous to United’s pre-season excursion of Thailand and Australia that seemed extraordinarily not likely. Fred performed within the function final season and was once not able to exert any roughly management.

United mustered simply 52 in step with cent ownership, their lowest determine in Premier League historical past, consistent with General Soccer Research, which is the explanation why Ten Hag declared midfield a concern on this summer season’s switch marketplace.

Last season, Fred appeared to be part of the problem, but he has been excellent in pre season

Final season, Fred looked to be a part of the issue, however he has been very good in pre season

The Brazilian has began every fit thus far, along McTominay, within the midfield conserving roles, and the place his high-energy recreation gave the impression to upload to the chaos final season, it’s now rewarded in a extra structured manner.

Ten Hag has praised Fred’s perspective and the affect he has the ones round him. However given the executive’s need to construct thru midfield, it’s Ten Hag’s remarks about Fred’s taste of play that stand out.

‘Within the second he’s taking part in within the function as connecter, protecting to offence,’ mentioned Ten Hag.

‘He’s taking part in the function rather neatly. I’m happy along with his efficiency, along with his development. I believe he will even be higher. I will be able to beef up him in that.’

There’s no doubt Fred and United had been spectacular thus far, scoring 11 objectives in beating Liverpool in Bangkok and Melbourne Victory and Crystal Palace in Melbourne.

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