MANCHESTER UNITED would look very impressive if they built around “young, hungry players” next season.
This is the United record goalscorer suggested Wayne Rooney when he talks about his former club’s disappointing season.
The Derby manager claimed to have signed the 37-year-old legend Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t work out as hoped and it’s probably about time that the Red Devils give way to youth.
Rooney told Sky Sports on Monday night: “I think it’s him [Ronaldo] goals scored, he scored important goals in the Champions League early in the season. He scored the hat-trick against Tottenham.
“But I think if you look to the future of the club you would have to go with younger, hungry players to do their best to lift Manchester United in the next two or three years.
“And obviously Cristiano is progressing a bit. He’s certainly not the player he was when he was in his 20s. And that happens, that’s football. He’s a goal threat but I think he needs it for the rest of the game she more, she.” need young, hungry players.”
But first United need to get a new permanent manager and Ajax boss Erik ten Hag appears as a favorite to take over this summer.
Ten witch has shown a lot of faith in young players at the Dutch giants over the past five years as he helped mold the likes of Frenkie de Jong, Matthijs de Ligt, Hakim Ziyech and more.
The Dutchman was also instrumental in the development of Donny van de Beek, 24, who was loaned out to Everton after falling out of favor at United.
The 52-year-old tactician could help Van de Beek regain his form by using him again in midfield, where he needs to make some significant additions in a 4-3-3 formation the side are used to.
United must become strong in the bidding war for Leicester star Youri Tielemans (24) and RB Leipzig ace Christopher Nkunku (24).
The Manchester giants must also be just as crucial in the transfer hunt for 22-year-old Benfica striker Darwin Nunez.
The Red Devils could have vital support from Ten Hag as they attempt to sign fellow Dutchman Cody Gakpo, 22, who has excelled in attack for PSV Eindhoven this season.
Ten Hag could then go with some of the team’s consistent performers like David de Gea in goal, Luke Shaw at left-back and Raphael Varane at centre-back.
He could also give right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka and struggling captain Harry Maguire a second chance at centre-back.
And Marcus Rashford, who is still up for grabs, could be included in the starting XI again.
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