Manchester United coach Erik Ten Hag has outlined the characteristics that must be found in his ideal player as he prepares for his second match in United’s dugout against Liverpool.
Manchester United suffered a shock start of the season, having lost their opening two matches to Brighton & Hove Albion and Brentford, but the arrival of Brazilian maestro Casemiro from Real Madrid will serve as a huge boost for the Reds Devil ahead of showdown with Liverpool at Old Trafford on Monday’s night.
Casemiro is set to become the latest addition to the United squad following the signing of playmaker Christian Eriksen and defenders Tyrell Malacia and Lisandro Martinez.
With just 10 days left in the window to add even more players to their squad, as Ten Hag interested in signing at least one forward, another midfielder, a right-back and a back-up goalkeeper.
The Dutchman has always tended to respond to journalists by saying he’s always looking to strengthen the squad, but only if the right personnel are added.
So, how does Erik Ten Hag ideal player looks like, in terms of characteristics?
United have been in pursuit of Frenkie de Jong all summer long, but the player’s uncertainty over a move to Old Trafford combined with the issue of being owed wages by Barcelona has seen a deal stall. Signing Casemiro could well spell the end of their pursuit of the Dutchman, who had worked with Erik ten Hag at Ajax.
When deciding on players to target in the transfer market, Erik Ten Hag explains his ideal type of player.
“It starts with the basic stuff,” Ten Hag told the club website, in an exclusive interview ahead of the Liverpool’s match.
“[You have to be] reliable, have drive, have the motivation – [be] highly motivated.”
Casemiro heads to Old Trafford in a deal worth an initial £60 million that could rise to £70m in add-ons, per Sky Sports, and will pen a four-year deal with the club.
He will be handed the No.18 shirt once the formalities of his switch from Real Madrid have been concluded with high hopes that the multi-time Champions League winner can finally solve Manchester United’s long-standing midfield issues.
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