Last season, Erik ten Hag continued to acknowledge Harry Maguire as the team’s captain, despite his inconsistent play.
Manchester United’s manager, Erik ten Hag, has reiterated that Harry Maguire still plays a significant role in the team even though he’s no longer the captain.
Bruno Fernandes was chosen to wear the captain’s armband due to his inspiring leadership abilities, according to Ten Hag. Many have interpreted this change as marking the end of Maguire’s tenure at United.
“The decision could be a disappointment for a player, but it might turn out to be beneficial for both the team and Harry,” stated Ten Hag.
Wayne Rooney, United’s highest-scoring player of all time, recently suggested that leaving the club could be in the best interest of the 30-year-old English defender, Maguire.
“He remains a crucial player. He has the potential to earn his place in the team. It’s up to him to secure his position. He can now concentrate more on his responsibilities, but as a centre-back, it’s crucial to communicate and organise effectively,” Ten Hag added.
‘Onana has a strong personality’
Andre Onana is set to take over from David de Gea as United’s preferred goalkeeper
Another significant decision made by Ten Hag, following United’s FA Cup final loss to Manchester City on June 3rd, was to spend £47.2m on Andre Onana, the Cameroon goalkeeper from Inter Milan. This move followed the departure of long-standing goalkeeper David de Gea.
De Gea, according to Ten Hag, is a “legend”. However, he is looking forward to working again with Onana, 27, with whom he spent five successful years at Ajax.
“He possesses a strong personality and is undoubtedly a winner,” Ten Hag shared.
“We have a successful history together, having won numerous trophies and played excellent football. I believe in his abilities. Now, he will be playing at a more prominent club, in a more competitive league, with a global fanbase. The expectations are higher, but he’s up for the challenge.”
United still in the hunt for a striker
He declined to comment on United’s failed early summer attempt to acquire Harry Kane from Tottenham after it was clear that Spurs’ chairman Daniel Levy had no interest in selling to a top-four competitor.
Nonetheless, the Dutch manager made it clear that the search continues, with 20-year-old Danish forward Rasmus Hojlund from Atalanta and 24-year-old French striker Randal Kolo Muani from Eintracht Frankfurt appearing to be his prime targets.
“We’re putting in maximum effort to secure the right man,” Ten Hag commented. “Nothing is ever certain in the transfer market, but we’re aware of our targets, and we’re making every effort to improve our team in this area.”
Ten Hag shares thoughts on Greenwood
Mason Greenwood’s absence from United’s touring team is noteworthy as he could potentially solve Ten Hag’s striker conundrum in good form.
However, the 21-year-old player remains ineligible for selection as United are still investigating the events surrounding him being charged with rape and several other serious offences in 2022. These charges have since been dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service, theoretically allowing Greenwood to resume his career.
Ten Hag confirmed that he has shared his views with the club officials.
“I have certainly shared my thoughts and perspectives, but ultimately, it’s a club decision that we all must respect,” he said.
Ten Hag to meet with the Glazer family
There’s still ambiguity around United’s search for ‘strategic alternatives’ concerning the club’s ownership. The Glazer family initiated the potential transition process last November.
Many expected this process to culminate in the Glazers selling the club, with Sheikh Jassim of Qatar and British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s Ineos group making several bids. It was widely anticipated that this process would have reached its conclusion by now.
However, this has not happened, and Ten Hag sees the Glazers’ upcoming presence at United’s camp over the next 10 days as an opportunity to share his thoughts on the subject.
“It’s a good opportunity for me to share my insights informally,” he said. “I can certainly offer advice and suggestions, but ultimately, the decision lies with the club.”
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Erik ten Hag Manchester United updates
Who is the current manager of Manchester United?
The current manager of Manchester United is Erik ten Hag.
Has Harry Maguire been removed as the captain of Manchester United?
Yes, Harry Maguire has been removed as the captain of Manchester United. The captain’s armband has been given to Bruno Fernandes.
Who is set to replace David de Gea as Manchester United’s first-choice goalkeeper?
Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana, who was brought in from Inter Milan for £47.2m, is set to replace David de Gea as Manchester United’s first-choice goalkeeper.
Is Manchester United still looking for a new striker?
Yes, despite signing Mason Mount from Chelsea and a preferred goalkeeper, Manchester United’s manager Erik ten Hag is still in the hunt for a new striker.
What is Mason Greenwood’s current status at Manchester United?
Mason Greenwood remains unavailable for selection at Manchester United as the club continues their internal investigation into the events that led to him being charged with rape and several other serious offences in 2022.
Is there any change in the ownership of Manchester United?
As of now, there is no clarity on changes in the ownership of Manchester United. The Glazer family initiated a process for potential transfer of power last November, but no decision has been made yet.