Manchester United are in talks to signal Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez as new supervisor Erik ten Hag continues to drill the aspect in his proactive, urgent soccer on the opposite aspect of the world.

The Dutchman is charged with overseeing a rebuild at Previous Trafford after the Crimson Devils completed a chastening season sixth, with their lowest ever Premier League factors tally.

Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani and Nemanja Matic are amongst these to have left since then, however Feyenoord left-back Tyrell Malacia is the one new face on the pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia.

Additional additional acquisitions may quickly observe as free agent Christian Eriksen verbally agreed to affix a membership that has held superior talks with Ajax about defender Martinez.

Manchester United are in talks to signal Ajax’s Lisandro Martinez (John Walton/PA)

The Argentina worldwide is eager on the transfer to United, with soccer director John Murtough and chief govt Richard Arnold travelling to Amsterdam to debate the switch.

The manager duo have additionally lately been in Barcelona because the well-documented pursuit of midfielder Frenkie de Jong continues as Ten Hag reshapes the workforce in his picture.

The final fortnight’s work on the coaching floor was evident in flashes on Tuesday evening in Bangkok, the place United confirmed indicators of promise in a 4-0 pleasant victory in opposition to rivals Liverpool.

“In each a part of the of the workforce I would like proactivity,” Ten Hag mentioned. “That’s crucial, that gamers take initiative – on the ball and off the ball, offence and defence.

“I’d not say that we performed man marking (in opposition to Liverpool) On a sure second we performed man marking and we wish to press.

“We wish to press all day, by that I imply proactive soccer.

“Generally we are able to we do that top but when (it’s) not doable then we have now to learn it as a workforce and we drop decrease.

“However, nonetheless, we wish to press. That needs to be the intention all day.”

Erik ten Hag and Marcus Rashford preview Manchester United’s pleasant in opposition to Melbourne Victory (Simon Peach/PA)

United are actually on the Australian leg of the tour and skilled behind closed doorways at AAMI Park on Thursday, when Ten Hag and his fellow coaches’ directions may very well be heard from exterior the stadium.

They’re enjoying two friendlies in Melbourne over the approaching days, with round 150,000 anticipated on the MCG throughout Friday’s sport in opposition to Melbourne Victory and the Tuesday conflict with Crystal Palace.

Harry Maguire – confirmed as Ten Hag’s captain initially of the week – is in line to characteristic in these video games having missed the Liverpool win with a knock.

Cristiano Ronaldo, although, stays in Europe because the star ahead offers with a household difficulty.

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire missed the win in opposition to Liverpool (Gareth Fuller/PA)

“(Maguire) is out there for tomorrow,” Ten Hag mentioned. “We’ll see. I feel he can play half a sport.

“We made a press release (on Ronaldo). Nothing has modified.

“It’s pre-season however soccer you play to win. Ultimately, it’s at all times necessary successful.

“However after all it’s pre-season, we have now to develop our workforce, in order that can also be a very massive goal for the sport.”

The pleasant in opposition to A-League aspect Melbourne Victory, who this week signed former United man Nani, seems like a very good probability to begin younger abilities and beforehand peripheral gamers.

Zidane Iqbal, the 19-year-old academy graduate, impressed off the bench in Thailand, the place Donny van de Beek – a star of Ten Hag’s Ajax aspect – wore a United shirt for the primary time since January.

“I mentioned earlier than already, I feel Manchester United has an enormous potential, and actually good gamers,” he mentioned.

“We now have skilled gamers, but in addition plenty of younger guys, younger boys, who’ve plenty of potential.

Zidane Iqbal has made one aggressive first-team look for Manchester United (Martin Rickett/PA)

“Now it’s to get the potential out and subsequently we have now to work actually arduous.

“Man United is legendary for it. Marcus Rashford is one, eh? It’s an emblem of the academy of Manchester United and there can be extra abilities coming after.”

Requested if he noticed Van de Beek in a deeper or extra superior midfield function, Ten Hag added: “He can do each and I do know that from the previous.

“However his finest place that (reveals) his capabilities (is) within the field of the opponent, so enjoying quick behind a striker. He has a very good odor for being in the proper place.”

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