Manchester United’s new manager Erik ten Hag has already started work on fixing the disjointed squad

Manchester United’s new manager Erik ten Hag has already started work on fixing the disjointed squad… and the Ajax manager is in regular contact with Old Trafford bosses

  • Erik ten Hag will join Manchester United after the current season ends
  • Ajax manager is in regular contact with Old Trafford’s football department
  • Ten Hag is deciding whether United’s out-of-contract players will remain at the club
  • United respected Ten Hag’s commitment to Ajax in the Dutch title race

Erik ten Hag is already working on the future of Manchester United players between Ajax games.

United respects Ten Hag’s commitments in the Netherlands in the midst of a title race – his team beat PEC Zwolle 3-0 yesterday – but on his days off he is in regular contact with the football department led by John Murtough and Darren Fletcher.

The new manager will play a key role in deciding whether United’s out-of-contract players will be offered offers to stay, before ending his stint in Amsterdam on May 15.

Erik ten Hag is set to join Manchester United but the club respects his role at Ajax

Paul Pogba is among United players out of contract at the end of the season

Paul Pogba is among United players out of contract at the end of the season

So far, there’s been no strong indication from Ten Hag that Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Edinson Cavani – all due out in the summer – need to be secured.

Instead, freeing up roster spaces is believed to allow the 52-year-old to make four or five signings.

Additionally, Andreas Pereira, Anthony Martial and James Garner are all available to return from loan.

United's technical director Darren Fletcher is expected to play a key role at the club under Ten Hag.

United’s technical director Darren Fletcher is expected to play a key role at the club under Ten Hag.

Former Fletcher is expected to play a more visible role in United’s recruitment process this summer.

Matt Judge, who often led meetings with potential targets and their agents, is leaving United and Fletcher will take on some of those responsibilities.

The Scotsman won several trophies with United as a player under Sir Alex Ferguson and is in a good position to excite future recruits about what it means to play for the club.

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