Manchester United (MU) is reportedly ready to get rid of five defenders at once in the summer of 2022. This step was taken so that Erik ten Hag could rebuild the Red Devils defense.
United are welcoming a new era under Erik ten Hag after experiencing a very dismal season in 2021/2022. Last season, the Red Devils conceded 57 goals in the Premier League, which is obviously very disappointing.
It was Manchester United’s worst record in 43 years. In the aftermath, Ten Hag hoped to make an extreme overhaul at the heart of their defense.
Which Manchester United (MU) defender Erik ten Hag will sack?
According to the Manchester Evening News, Friday (6/24/2022), the defenders on the list to be released are Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Axel Tuanzebe and Brandon Williams.
This move will reduce the club’s salary burden. Previously, MU had also cut the club’s salary burden with the departure of players who had expired contracts such as Paul Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic, and Edinson Cavani.
The Ten Hag-style laundry will make MU’s cash thicker again and will really help Ten Hag.
The act of selling these defenders will also make MU move more freely in the summer transfer market of 202. Of course, their defense needs a new star addition after being inhabited by players such as Harry Maguire, Raphael Varane, Victor Lindelof, Diogo Dalot, Luke Sha, and Alex Telles.
United have also been linked with several centre-backs this summer. Some of them are the Ajax duo, Jurien Timber and Lisandro Martinez.
Ten Hag really hopes to be reunited with his former team at Ajax. Villarreal defender Pau Torres is also rumored to be another shooting option.
In other areas, the saga around Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong is still one of MU’s main targets. However, MU’s efforts to seduce Barca have not found positive results.
Ajax player, Antony, who plays as a winger is also a target for Erik ten Hag. However, until now MU is really still struggling in the player transfer market, aka losing fast movement compared to competitors, especially Manchester City and Liverpool.
Source: Manchester Evening News