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The Dutchman is charged with overseeing a rebuild at Outdated Trafford after the Pink Devils completed a chastening season sixth, with their lowest ever Premier League factors tally.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 comply with as free agent Christian Eriksen verbally agreed to hitch a membership that has held superior talks with Ajax about defender Martinez.
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 not too long ago been in Barcelona because the well-documented pursuit of midfielder Frenkie de Jong continues as Ten Hag reshapes the group 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 towards rivals Liverpool.
“In each a part of the of the group I would like proactivity,” Ten Hag mentioned. “That’s a very powerful, that gamers take initiative – on the ball and off the ball, offence and defence.
“I might not say that we performed man marking (towards Liverpool) On a sure second we performed man marking and we need to press.
“We need to press all day, by that I imply proactive soccer.
“Generally we are able to we do that prime but when (it’s) not attainable then we’ve to learn it as a group and we drop decrease.
“However, nonetheless, we need to press. That must be the intention all day.”
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 recreation towards 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 concern.
“(Maguire) is out there for tomorrow,” Ten Hag mentioned. “We’ll see. I feel he can play half a recreation.
“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 vital profitable.
“However in fact it’s pre-season, we’ve to develop our group, in order that can also be a very huge goal for the sport.”
The pleasant towards A-League aspect Melbourne Victory, who this week signed former United man Nani, seems like a great probability to begin younger skills 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’ve got skilled gamers, but in addition quite a lot of younger guys, younger boys, who’ve quite a lot of potential.
“Now it’s to get the potential out and subsequently we’ve to work actually exhausting.
“Man United is legendary for it. Marcus Rashford is one, eh? It’s a logo of the academy of Manchester United and there will likely be extra skills coming after.”
Requested if he noticed Van de Beek in a deeper or extra superior midfield position, Ten Hag added: “He can do each and I do know that from the previous.
“However his greatest 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 fitting place.”