Manchester United report: England star to become Erik Ten Hag’s first signing – in a deal which will enrage rival fans


Manchester United are already planning for the Erik Ten Hag era with an explosive first signing under the Dutchman.

The Red Devils have identified that the midfield is the problem area in the team, stemming from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s struggles as manager – and with Ten Hag thought to be arriving in the coming days, one player has been touted to fix the issue.

But it won’t be a popular one with rival fans. According to the Manchester Evening News(opens in new tab), Kalvin Phillips has been identified as the perfect no.6 to sort United’s woes.

Phillips excelled at Leeds United as a lone pivot in a 4-1-4-1 formation under the legendary Marcelo Bielsa, proving to have the passing ability, the positional discipline and a penchant for dropping between the centre-backs to help with build-up. All of these things are staples of Ten Hag’s 4-3-3 at Ajax with the 52-year-old placing an emphasis on his defensive midfielder dictating play.