Erik ten Hag’s revolution at Manchester United is going swimmingly and his summer signings have led the way as they embark on what could potentially be a highly memorable season.
United are currently third in the Premier League table but could propel themselves into the title conversation if they beat Arsenal at the weekend. Some could argue that they are already in a title race.
Lisandro Martinez and Casemiro are two players who have had a sizeable impact on United’s fortunes but the pair’s arrival means that the futures of two other players are increasingly uncertain.
Harry Maguire and Scott McTominay have both lost their places as a result of Ten Hag’s signings and there have been rumours of transfers to different Premier League clubs.
Now, it is, however, being reported that United have decided against the idea of selling either player. That’s according to The Times, who say that the Reds will reject all bids for Maguire and McTominay in the January transfer window.
It’s claimed that Newcastle are one of the clubs interested in McTominay, with Eddie Howe’s side currently monitoring the situation after Casemiro ousted the Scotland international from the side.
It’s even reported that had Newcastle been given more encouragement to pursue a move, an official bid would have been lodged.
Ten Hag reportedly views McTominay as an important player and the same applies to Maguire, who is reportedly of interest to David Moyes’ West Ham.
McTominay started the season in great form but it was always going to be a matter of time before Casemiro made that spot his own. It’s not easy to compete with the best player in the world in that position.
At 26, McTominay will want to play regularly but United are already light in that area and their stance in this particular case can be understood.
Luke Shaw’s emergence as a centre-back does mean that Ten Hag has added cover there but getting rid of your captain is still a big statement and potentially very turbulent.