Erik ten Hag’s revolution at Manchester United is well underway and the Dutchman has also impressed in his first few media appearances since being unveiled earlier this month.
The 53-year-old made a point out of shaking everyone’s hand at Old Trafford and is believed to have been scheming transfer plans with the board already.
Ten Hag is notoriously known for his attention to detail and that is no different when it comes to deciding who he wants to strengthen his squad with.
Clearly, the current squad at Manchester United is in urgent need of surgery and according to reports, Ten Hag has identified three qualities players need to meet in order to fit his philosophy.
That’s according to The Telegraph, who add that when searching for the right profile of player, Ten Hag, together with the club’s recruitment team, have put emphasis on asking whether a player can outrun, outplay and outfight his opponents.
Furthermore, focus has also been placed on the need for leadership and character. Toward the end of Ralf Rangnick’s ill-advised stint as interim boss, the German admitted to failing to forge a stronger bond within the squad. That aspect has been glaringly obvious to onlookers, with United regularly collapsing under Rangnick’s stewardship.
No signings have been made under Ten Hag yet but the most frequent links are familiar to Ten Hag, with Ajax defender Jurrien Timber and Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong among those to be linked with a transfer to Old Trafford.