Following the departures of Andre Onana and Mason Mount, the Red Devils’ focus will be on acquiring a new starting striker this summer. Personal terms have been agreed with Atalanta’s Rasmus Hojlund, but suspicions of overpaying have prompted Manchester United to hold parallel talks with Randal Kolo Muani.
According to ESPN, the Frankfurt and France star, 24, is Ten Hag’s first selection. The disadvantage is that he will cost significantly more than Hojlund.
Fabrizio Romano also stated that a backup goalkeeper (possibly Zion Suzuki) and a more defensive-minded midfielder are desired.
Right-back was another position that Manchester United intended to address when the summer transfer market began. Indeed, Bayern Munich’s Benjamin Pavard rapidly rose on United’s radar as a far more dangerous offensive threat than Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Pavard, 27, has coincidentally surfaced on the radar of Manchester City. In fact, if Kyle Walker is persuaded away, the France international is Pep Guardiola’s “priority” signing.
Former Aston Villa and England forward Gabby Agbonlahor has now begged Manchester United to leave Pavard alone.
Agbonlahor explained why, claiming he’d be “dreading coming up against” Wan-Bissaka if he was still playing.
Wan-Bissaka is notorious for being nearly tough to overcome in one-on-one battles, but he struggles to make an influence on the game as a whole.
Regardless, Agbonlahor encouraged United to let Man City have a free hand in signing Pavard and instead spend in three other areas.
Wan-Bissaka is a “nightmare” for opposition attackers, according to Agbonlahor.
“No, there’s no need to bring anyone else in right now,” Agbonlahor said when asked if Ten Hag should make signing a right-back a priority.
“Wan-Bissaka demonstrated in the final 10-15 games of last season that he is willing to fight for his position.”
“No one can get past him.” He’s an absolute nightmare to play against. If I was still playing, I’d be terrified of facing him. If I were United, I wouldn’t look at anyone else.
“I believe they should spend the money on another center-half, a central midfielder, and possibly two strikers.”
“They require more firepower and competition.” They’re now in the Champions League, the elite league.
“If they don’t have the right squad, they could get embarrassed.”