There were many uncertainties over the futures of several players when Manchester United named Erik ten Hag as their new manager.
What new hires would be made? Which athletes will be sent abroad? What matters most is which of the underachievers from the previous season will join the team led by the Dutchman.
Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Edinson Cavani, Jesse Lingard, and more players were seen leaving the club, though.
United spent more over £200 million on new acquisitions, making it a busy season for new players.
As part of Ten Hag’s effort to get Manchester United to compete for the top four spots, the club added five new players. United has had a mixed record through seven games played so far.
Ten Hag’s audacious selections for the starting XI have been an intriguing aspect. The former Ajax manager has demonstrated his willingness to give up some of his best players for the good of the team.
Let’s examine three United players whose futures under Ten Hag may not be bright.
Erik ten Hag made a big call to drop club captain Harry Maguire after they lost the opening two games of the Premier League season.
The decision paid rich dividends as the duo of Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez conceded only two goals in the next four games and kept two clean sheets.
Many have criticized Maguire’s lack of pace and poor defensive positioning during games this season.
With Varane and Martinez playing well at the moment, it’s hard to imagine Maguire pushing for a starting role under Ten Hag in the near future.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka came to United with lots of expectations. Fans finally believed that they have signed a solid and young defender for a good decade or so.
The youngster did manage to impress in his first season but has since delivered below par performances.
This has meant that Diogo Dalot has been the preferred choice for Ten Hag and given his performances so far, it might be a while before Wan-Bissaka is recalled for the starting role.
Donny van de Beek
Donny van de Beek is in an unusual circumstance in his third season with the team.
The once-prodigious Ajax youngster has struggled to find games at Old Trafford because no manager seems to believe in him.
He went on loan to Everton for the second half of the previous campaign.
Additionally, it appears to be very difficult for Van de Beek to receive regular playing time at Old Trafford with the arrivals of Christian Eriksen and Casemiro.