Manchester United could appoint Erik ten Hag as their new manager in the summer after reports claimed he was “certain” to be heading for the exit door at Ajax after the club’s director of football affairs Marc Overmars resigned.
The former Arsenal winger left the Dutch club earlier this week after admitting he was “ashamed” for sending inappropriate messages to female colleagues.
Ten Hag was linked with the top job at Old Trafford following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last autumn.
The 52-year-old ultimately stayed put as the Red Devils brought in Ralf Rangnick on a temporary basis.
But United will be on the lookout for a permanent successor to Rangnick in the summer and could reignite their interest in Ten Hag if the Ajax boss does leave his current position.
And according to Express Sport below is how United could line up under the Dutchman if he moves to England and signs three players.
Goalkeeper – De Gea
David de Gea has returned to his top form this season after years of inconsistent performances.
The Spain international, who was once regarded as one of the finest goalkeepers in the world, was named the Premier League’s player of the month for January and should continue between the posts under Ten Hag.
Defence – Mazraoui, Varane, De Ligt, Telles
Rangnick appears to have turned his back on Aaron Wan-Bissaka since arriving in Manchester, with the right-back featuring just three times under the German.
Diogo Dalot has been preferred to the former Crystal Palace man – but Ten Hag could opt to sign current Ajax right-back Noussair Mazraoui if he takes charge.
The 24-year-old Morocco international has been in stellar form this season and starred as his team won all six of their Champions League group stage matches.
Ten Hag could also try to lure Juventus centre-back Matthijs de Ligt to Old Trafford.
The 22-year-old was part of Ten Hag’s Ajax side which reached the semi-finals of the 2018/19 Champions League before he secured a mega-money move to Italy.
De Ligt would surely jump at the chance of linking up with his former boss in England and could line up alongside Raphael Varane in central defence.
Meanwhile, Brazil international Alex Telles could keep his place at left-back having ousted Luke Shaw from the side recently.
Midfield – De Jong, Fred, Fernandes
United have struggled in their midfield this season, but the heavily-criticised Fred was apparently recently backed by Rangnick during a meeting with club chiefs.
So the Brazil international could find himself at the heart of the United team – but he might be given a new midfield partner if Ten Hag can prise Frenkie de Jong away from Barcelona.
De Jong is another player who was instrumental during Ajax’s European run three seasons ago and may fancy a shot in the Premier League.
The 24-year-old is a star player for Barca but the Catalan club are in desperate need of cash, so they could let him go for the right price.
Further forward, Bruno Fernandes would likely continue to be the chief creator for the front three.
Forwards – Sancho, Ronaldo, Rashford
Jadon Sancho has endured a difficult start to life at Old Trafford – but United spent big money on him so Ten Hag would surely attempt to get him firing from the wing.
On the opposite flank, Marcus Rashford has illustrated his qualities in seasons gone by and is another player who could be positively impacted by Ten Hag’s arrival after an inconsistent campaign so far.
The duo could start in a front three alongside the evergreen Cristiano Ronaldo, who would be tasked with leading the line and putting the ball in the back of the net.