曼聯。新老闆埃里克-十哈格面臨的季前挑戰

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曼聯。新老闆埃里克-十哈格面臨的季前挑戰

曼聯在周一啟動了他們最新的重置嘗試,屆時他們的非國際球員將返回,開始季前訓練,並開始埃里克十哈格在俱樂部的工作。

但是,球迷們已經有一種緊張的感覺了。球員們已經離開或正在離開--而且,到目前為止,雖然已經進行了一些競標並表達了興趣,但還沒有簽約來取代他們,而競爭對手曼城和利物浦已經加強了。

對擁有曼聯的格雷澤家族的不滿情緒正在增長。當他們收到1100萬英鎊的股份紅利時,新任首席執行官理查德-阿諾德認為有必要在當地的一家酒吧與一些球迷見面,並承認俱樂部已經 "燒掉 "了10億英鎊的最好部分,以此來阻止一些球迷計劃在他家舉行的抗議活動。

這並不是Ten Hag開始工作的理想背景,他將於7月12日前往泰國與利物浦會面,並在8月7日英超聯賽在老特拉福德開始對陣布萊頓之前前往澳大利亞和奧斯陸。

上個賽季,曼聯的結局幾乎沒有比這更糟糕的了,他們獲得了第六名,沒有獎盃的情況延續到了第五個賽季。

在對隊長人選產生分歧後,球隊出現了分裂,克里斯蒂亞諾-羅納爾多是核心人物,這讓哈里-馬奎爾很不高興。

拉爾夫-蘭尼克的到來備受讚譽,以至於德國人與任命他的人--足球總監約翰-默托幾乎沒有交談。

就他而言,蘭尼克覺得他沒有得到他所需要的支持,而且有太多的球員沒有為自己的表現負責。

蘭尼克在新聞發布會上的直言不諱--例如描述俱樂部需要進行 "開放的心臟手術"--可能會得到在場媒體和球迷的歡迎,但穆托夫認為這不是表達他們的正確論壇,他擔心沒有嘗試保護俱樂部的聲譽。

曼聯在布萊頓的倒數第二場比賽中以4-0擊敗對手,這是一種恥辱。在最後一天對水晶宮的比賽中,鑑於Ten Hag在看台上,預計至少會有回應。但曼聯也輸了。

像往常一樣,今年夏天,曼聯已經與幾十名球員聯繫在一起。

有一個人比其他人更突出。即使在較好的時期,當弗格森爵士掌舵時,曼聯的招聘部門總是知道蘇格蘭人想要的球員超過其他任何球員。

如果頭號選擇得到了,其他位置的第二甚至第三選擇目標也會被接受。

他們現在對巴塞羅那的弗倫基-德容也有同樣的感覺。

Ten Hag認識這位荷蘭國腳,因為他們在阿賈克斯一起工作過。他了解德容的踢球方式,知道他將非常適合他在老特拉福德的計劃。

已經確定的是,替代品根本不符合模板,或者不夠好。

特哈格希望加強一系列的位置--他當然希望有一個攻擊者。但中場是關鍵,有一種感覺是,如果德容不是方案的一部分,新經理將在一個比他想要的更弱的位置上運作。

取決於你聽誰說的,曼聯要麼被曼城和利物浦留在了起跑線上,他們都在轉會市場上很活躍,要麼就是明智地通過談判最好的交易來保持所謂的 "可觀 "預算。

德容在可用性和成本方面都是核心。丹麥中場克里斯蒂安-埃里克森是一個活生生的目標,對于丹麥人來說,似乎可以直接選擇曼聯或布倫特福德,這有一個不小的吸引力,即讓他的家人留在倫敦,他們更喜歡呆在那裡。

曼聯想要另一名攻擊手,他可以在一系列的位置上運作。阿賈克斯的巴西國腳安東尼在這份名單上名列前茅,他錯過了與荷蘭俱樂部的第一天訓練,這助長了關於轉會的討論。

但是,曼聯知道阿賈克斯在財政上處於強勢地位,因為他們將瑞恩-格拉文伯奇賣給了拜仁慕尼黑,將塞巴斯蒂安-哈勒賣給了多特蒙德。

穆爾塔夫--他正在指導轉會操作--和他的團隊並沒有想當然地認為談判一定會取得圓滿的結果。

如果說本周在曼聯的卡靈頓訓練場上,球員們十有八九會有一種熟悉的感覺,那麼擺在他們面前的工作還有很多。

最重要的是馬庫斯-拉什福德,他的狀態,就像他的俱樂部的整體一樣,已經崩潰了。

在社交媒體上已經發布了拉什福德在波特蘭的耐克校園之行中做了一些相當激烈的訓練的視頻和圖片。

這對於一個足以為曼聯出場超過300次,打進93球,並獲得46個英格蘭國家隊帽子的球員來說是一個積極的信號,儘管他還沒有到25歲生日。

俱樂部將他視為他們計劃的一部分,但顯然,他必須做得更多,更多,以打動Ten Hag。

拉什福德不是靠自己。有一長串的曼聯球員需要拿出與他們的名聲相匹配的表現。賈登-桑喬和拉斐爾-瓦拉內在上賽季的首秀中都沒有做到這一點。

在或多或少的程度上,唐尼-范德比克、阿倫-萬-比薩卡、斯科特-麥克托米奈和弗雷德都需要證明一些東西。

安東尼-馬蒂亞爾是曼聯可能會出售的人之一,如果他們收到一個可接受的報價--但這可能不會發生。埃里克-貝利和菲爾-瓊斯在下賽季沒有任何有意義的作用,曼聯不會為了他們而掛在身上。

在他的揭幕新聞發布會上,天哈格說,他覺得他可以從曼聯的球員身上得到比他們上賽季表現更多的東西。可以說,他將不得不這樣做。

在曼聯,並不是所有事情都是負面的。

亞歷杭德羅-加納喬是他們足總杯冠軍隊的明星,這位17歲的阿根廷人已經得到了他的第一次正式國際徵召。

另一名小將漢尼拔-梅傑布里給人留下了積極的印象,並為突尼斯贏得了正式的國際榮譽,突尼斯已經獲得了參加卡塔爾世界盃的資格。

阿馬德-迪亞洛、詹姆斯-加納和法昆多-佩利斯特里將從上賽季從老特拉福德租借來的球員中受益,騰-哈格可能會在季前對他們的短期前景做出評估。

但是,當他開始工作時,在為期三年的合同中,他將被期望使曼聯再次成為挑戰者,很難不被十哈格在上個月第一次會見媒體時被問到的問題所吸引。

這位52歲的老人是否在冒着聲譽風險接受這一挑戰?Ten Hag說不是。在過去幾年裡,大多數在老特拉福德附近呆過的觀察家都會說不是。

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Manchester United launch their latest attempt at a reset on Monday, when their non-international players return for the start of pre-season training and the beginning of Erik ten Hag's time at the club.

But already there is a sense of nervousness amongst fans. Players have left or are leaving - and, as yet, while some bids have been made and interest expressed, no signings have been made to replace them, while rivals Manchester City and Liverpool have already strengthened.

Discontent with the Glazer family who own United is growing. As they receive £11m in share dividends, new chief executive Richard Arnold felt the need to head off a planned protest by some fans at his house by meeting them in a local pub and admitting the club had "burned" the best part of £1bn.

It is not the ideal backdrop for Ten Hag to begin his work, which takes him to Thailand on 12 July for a meeting with Liverpool and on to Australia and Oslo before their Premier League campaign begins against Brighton at Old Trafford on 7 August.

Last season could hardly have ended any worse for United as they finished sixth and their trophy-less run extended to a fifth season.

The squad was split after a disagreement over the captaincy, with Cristiano Ronaldo at its core, which left Harry Maguire unhappy.

The much-lauded arrival of Ralf Rangnick dissolved to such an extent the German was barely on speaking terms with the man who appointed him, football director John Murtough.

For his part, Rangnick didn't feel he got the support he needed and too many players failed to take responsibility for their own performance.

Rangnick's forthright observations - such as describing the club's need for "open heart surgery" - in press conferences may have gone down well with the media present and fans, but Murtough didn't feel it was the right forum to express them and was concerned no attempt was made to protect the club's reputation.

The 4-0 defeat in United's penultimate game at Brighton was humiliating. At the very least a response was expected in the final-day encounter at Crystal Palace given Ten Hag was in the stands. But United lost that as well.

As is usual, United have been linked with scores of players this summer.

One stands out above the rest. Even in better times, when Sir Alex Ferguson was at the helm, United's recruitment department always knew which player the Scot wanted beyond any other.

Second or even third choice targets in other positions would be accepted if the number one option was snared.

They are having the same feeling now about Barcelona's Frenkie de Jong.

Ten Hag knows the Dutch international from their time together at Ajax. He understands the way De Jong plays and knows he would be perfect for the plans he has for his time at Old Trafford.

The alternatives, it has been established, simply do not fit the template or are not good enough.

Ten Hag wants to strengthen a range of positions - and he certainly wants an attacker. But central midfield is key and there is a feeling if De Jong is not part of the package, the new manager will be operating from a weaker position than he wanted.

Depending upon who you listen to, United have either been left at the starting gate by Manchester City and Liverpool, who have both been active in the transfer market, or are wisely keeping hold of what is described as a "sizeable" budget by negotiating the best deals.

De Jong is central, both in terms of availability and cost. Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen is a live target and it does seem to boil down to a straight choice for the Dane of United or Brentford, which comes with the not insignificant attraction of keeping his family in London, where they prefer to be.

United want another attacker, who can operate across a range of positions. Ajax's Brazil international Antony heads that list and the fact he missed the first day of training with the Dutch club has fuelled talk of a move.

But United know Ajax are financially in a strong position given they are selling Ryan Gravenberch to Bayern Munich and Sebastien Haller to Borussia Dortmund.

It is not being taken for granted by Murtough - who is directing transfer operations - and his team that talks will definitely reach a successful conclusion.

If there is a sense of familiarity around the players Ten Hag will meet at United's Carrington training complex this week, there is much work ahead of them.

None more so than for Marcus Rashford, whose form, like his club's as a whole, has collapsed.

Videos and pictures have been posted on social media of Rashford doing some pretty intense training during a trip to the Nike Campus in Portland.

This is a positive sign for a player good enough to play over 300 times for United, scoring 93 goals, and earn 46 England caps despite not reaching his 25th birthday yet.

The club view him as part of their plans but, clearly, he must do more, much more, to impress Ten Hag.

Rashford is not on his own. There is a long list of United players who need to produce performances to match their reputations. Neither Jadon Sancho nor Raphael Varane managed it in their debut campaigns last season.

To a greater or lesser degree, Donny van de Beek, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Scott McTominay and Fred have something to prove.

Anthony Martial is one of those United would probably sell if they received an acceptable offer - but that may not happen. Eric Bailly and Phil Jones have no meaningful role next season and United will not hang on to them for the sake of it.

In his unveiling news conference, Ten Hag said he felt he could get more out of United's players than they showed last season. It is fair to say he will have to.

Not everything at United is negative.

Alejandro Garnacho was the star of their FA Youth Cup-winning squad and the 17-year-old Argentine has already received his first full international call-up.

Another youngster, Hannibal Mejbri, has made a positive impression and earned full international honours with Tunisia, who have qualified for the World Cup in Qatar.

Amad Diallo, James Garner and Facundo Pellistri will have benefited from loan spells away from Old Trafford last season and Ten Hag is likely to make an assessment about their short-term prospects in pre-season.

But as he begins work at the start of a three-year contract during which he will be expected to make United challengers again, it is hard not to be drawn back to a question Ten Hag was asked when he met the media for the first time last month.

Was the 52-year-old risking his reputation by taking on this challenge? Ten Hag said not. Most observers who have spent any time around Old Trafford over the past few years would say otherwise. • None Our coverage of Manchester United is bigger and better than ever before - here's everything you need to know to make sure you never miss a moment • None Everything United - go straight to all the best content

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