How Manchester United could line up if Erik ten Hag resolves three problematic positions

Erik ten Hag is now fully settled into his new role as manager of Manchester United.

The 52-year-old has already started the changes at Old Trafford which began with the departure of Ralf Rangnick on Sunday. Rangnick was due to take on a consultancy role at the club but that was dropped at the weekend, with the German now ready to focus full-time on his job as Austria head coach.

The next step was the change of personnel in the playing squad as Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata all notably left the Reds this week. With the new rebuild underway, United will soon be focusing on new additions.

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Three areas of the pitch were highlighted as key areas for improvement. Central defense, central midfielder and a striker – in short, the backbone of the team.

As always, many players have been involved in fixing these issues. Firstly, Jurrien Timber, who featured prominently under Ten Hag at Ajax, has been mooted as a potential new signing.

Timber has plenty of potential at just 20 and with 43 appearances to his name in the last Eredivisie campaign, he has already shown he is capable of producing at the highest level. Frenkie de Jong is another Ten Hag player linked with a reunion.

De Jong claimed he was happy at Barcelona but United have made contact with the Catalan club in hopes of bringing him to the Premier League. A chance to join Donny van de Beek could inspire the Dutchman to move to the Theater of Dreams.

Last, but not least, is Darwin Nunez. Reports in Portugal suggest United are the Uruguayan’s favorites and you can see why.

At 22, Nunez has shone for Benfica scoring 34 goals in just 41 appearances, including six in the Champions League, making him one of the most in-demand players this summer. Benfica are said to be willing to sell Nunez in order to fund their own plans during the transfer window.

Should United win those three goals, that’s how the Reds could start the Premier League season under Ten Hag.

Ten Hag’s United XI: of Gea; Shaw, Varane, Timber, Dalot; McTominay, De Jong, Van de Beek, Fernandes; Ronaldo, Nunez.

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