As pressure continues to mount on Erik ten Hag to improve Manchester United’s performance, the future of several players at Old Trafford becomes increasingly uncertain following Sunday’s derby defeat, which exposed the team’s deficiencies.
Some members of Ten Hag’s squad, such as Jadon Sancho and Donny van de Beek, seem to have no future at United.
Additionally, several players in the disappointing 3-0 loss at home need to significantly improve their performance to secure their places in the long-term plan.
Here are four United players currently fighting for their futures in Ten Hag’s ambitious project:
- Victor Lindelof:
Victor Lindelof was frequently exposed during the Manchester City game, although he had to fill in during a left-back injury crisis. Nonetheless, his performances at center-back have been subpar this season, and he appears to have fallen behind Harry Maguire in the pecking order. If he continues to be sidelined once a left-back returns to fitness, Lindelof may be one of the next departures. Ten Hag’s playing style requires aggressive and fast center-backs, attributes Lindelof often lacks.
- Christian Eriksen:
Christian Eriksen is a likely candidate to be one of Ten Hag’s first signings to be let go. While the 31-year-old Dane initially provided good value at United and contributed significantly to Ten Hag’s successful debut season, he no longer has the stamina and athleticism to play for extended periods. Ten Hag will need to replace Eriksen with a younger player who can start in at least 30 Premier League games a season.
Antony was brought to Old Trafford by Ten Hag in an £85 million deal, expected to be the right-winger for the next decade. However, things haven’t gone as planned so far. The 23-year-old Brazilian is one-footed and often makes questionable decisions, even when clinical in front of goal. His recent relegation to the bench during the City game sent a clear message. If he doesn’t improve his productivity, Antony may not be a guaranteed starter for much longer.
- Anthony Martial:
Anthony Martial’s future at United is already uncertain, and it won’t be surprising if he leaves on a free transfer at the end of the season. His cameo appearance against City was similar to previous ones, indicating a decline in pace and ball-handling skills. With just one goal in his last 13 appearances, Martial’s impact is waning. Ten Hag wanted two strikers this summer but only received one. It’s an area he’ll likely address at the earliest opportunity.
As Ten Hag seeks to overhaul the squad and implement his tactical vision, these players face an uncertain future at Manchester United.