Man Utd players' feelings towards Jadon Sancho after latest Erik ten Hag spat
Manchester United must find loan moves for two players before Friday’s Turkish transfer deadline to prevent the same problems as Chelsea under Todd Boehly’s tumultuous reign. Erik ten Hag has upgraded his midfield in recent months, pushing a few stars to the periphery and in need of minutes.
Mason Mount’s £60million arrival from Chelsea and Sofyan Amrabat’s season-long loan worth £8.5m have reinforced the Dutchman’s engine room.
Fred’s £13m exit to Fenerbahce balanced the books, but the failure to shift Scott McTominay and Donny van de Beek has left Ten Hag’s midfield department over-crowded.
Van de Beek is reportedly out of the United manager’s plans and the subject of loan interest from Turkish giants Fenerbahce and Galatasaray.
But with just three days left until the summer window slams shut, time is running out to ship the 26-year-old off.
And Van de Beek isn’t the only midfielder Ten Hag would be better off sending out on loan before it’s too late.
Hannibal Mejbri impressed on loan at Birmingham City last season, making 41 appearances for the Championship side.
The 20-year-old then caught the eye during pre-season, leading many to believe Ten Hag would give him a chance this term.
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But McTominay’s Old Trafford stay and Amrabat’s emergence leave his hopes of minutes looking bleak and heighten the risk of his development stalling.
United can’t afford to waste a player who they splashed £9m to sign from AS Monaco as a 16-year-old, so they must find a loan destination.
Hannibal and Van de Beek are eighth and ninth in United’s midfield pecking order, indicating their likely roles if they stay put this week.
Casemiro, Amrabat, Mount, Bruno Fernandes, Christian Eriksen, Scott McTominay and even Kobbie Mainoo are ahead of the duo in Ten Hag’s thinking.
Chelsea proved last season that an overcrowded squad has the potential to prove more problematic than one light on numbers.
It’s an issue Ten Hag doesn’t need to handle amid a turbulent start to his second campaign in M16, stricken with problems on and off the pitch.
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United’s Champions League return will limit opportunities further, especially having been pitted in Group A with Bayern Munich, Galatasaray and Copenhagen.
And Ten Hag has grown a reputation for opting against significant rotation in cup games, potentially closing that door of opportunity.
Of course, another chance to offload players will arise in January if United would prefer to keep Hannibal in English football.
But Van de Beek hasn’t featured in any of Ten Hag’s squads against Wolves, Tottenham Hotspur, Nottingham Forest and Arsenal.
He would likely become a ghost in the halls of Carrington if he doesn’t find an escape route before Friday’s deadline.
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