Erik ten Hag fears one of Manchester United’s key players isn’t cut out for the style of football he intends to implement next season.
The Dutchman was introduced to the English media earlier this week following his arrival from Ajax.
Ten Hag has overseen a period of sustained success at the Eredivisie club whose possession-based game has earned many plaudits.
Asked what fans could expect from his new-look United team, the 52-year-old said: ‘Maybe you have seen Ajax? And I like that.
‘But it is always players who dictate the way of play. I have the ideal, I will line up my best team, and I will line up my players like that to get the best out of them.
‘That they can go to the maximum, that they feel comfortable in the role and in the end it’s about getting the success together.’
Despite that insistence, Ten Hag, according to ESPN, has reservations about David de Gea’s ability on the ball and whether he is suited to playing passes through the lines.
At Ajax, the likes of Andre Onana and Maarten Stekelenburg, formerly of Everton and Fulham, were ideally suited to that style of play.
De Gea enjoyed a reputation enhancing season, meanwhile, returning to the sort of form which had seen him win United’s Player of the Season award on five separate occasions.
The Spain international was one of the few players to emerge from a retched campaign with any credit, responding superbly to losing his status as the club’s undisputed No.1 status to Dean Henderson.
Despite Ten Hag’s concerns, the former Atletico Madrid goalkeeper is likely to keep his place next term with United’s transfer priorities lying elsewhere.
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