Done deal: Man Utd agree to sign new teenage left-back for Ten Hag after successful trial

Manchester United have agreed to sign a new left-back for Erik ten Hag this summer, with the player himself confirming the move on social media.

Man Utd transfer news 

Since Sir Alex Ferguson left the Red Devils in 2013, the team has had many false dawns during the summer transfer window. Big names have frequently arrived, but the team’s performances and results have still fallen well short of expectations.

But with Sir Jim Ratcliffe trying to implement a new paradigm at the club and perhaps securing the signature of Newcastle United’s Dan Ashworth as sporting director, this summer feels like one of the most important in United’s history. It is hoped that by making it easier to identify superior players, high-potential recruits will take the place of unimpressive and costly deals.

Enticing targets seem to be being lined up everywhere on the field already, with Ten Hag reportedly eager to work with Frenkie de Jong again after their time together at Ajax. The United manager is reportedly interested in the Barcelona midfielder, but there’s no assurance he’ll be in control come football season.

Michael Olise, a Frenchman who scored twice at Selhurst Park last week to humiliate United 4-0, was furious with the team and has been linked to a summer transfer to Old Trafford. But among the teams offering fierce rivalry are Aston Villa, who are supposedly ranked higher than the Red Devils.

While Andre Onana has improved in United’s goal after a rocky start to his time at the club, it could also be that they are lining up a superior replacement for him. Spain and Real Sociedad stopper Alex Remiro is a reported target, having made 41 starts in La Liga and the Champions League combined this season.

Left back says he’s agreed to join Man Utd 

Now that teenager Dante Plunkett has confirmed on Instagram that a deal to Manchester United has been agreed upon, it appears as though United has added to its left-back roster. Although Plunkett is obviously not a player who will be in the first squad for the upcoming campaign, it is always good to see United acquiring bright young players. Plunkett was recruited following a fruitful trial period from the Aston Villa academy.

In the years after Ferguson, the Red Devils have far too frequently chosen to sign well-known, aging players rather than stars of the future, which has hampered the team’s development. Casemiro is the ideal example. The Brazilian, who cost £70 million when he moved to Old Trafford in 2022 at the age of 30, is now a ghost of the player he once was, prone to errors, and will have to be sold this summer for a steep loss.

It is hoped that Plunkett develops through the youth system over time; United In Focus has identified him as a player to monitor going forward. Tyrell Malacia and Luke Shaw both have injury concerns, so Plunkett might potentially be taken in earlier than anticipated.

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