Ten Hag eyes MUFC move for £40m dynamo alongside Hojlund, he’s “smarter” than Antony

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Rasmus Hojlund’s transfer to Manchester United is rumoured to be imminent, and now there’s a new update on another player who might join the striker at Old Trafford.
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What has changed regarding Manchester United’s interest in Mohammed Kudus?

Ajax star Mohammed Kudus is on Man United’s list of targets this summer, claims Dutch football journalist Marcel van der Kraan.

Van der Kraan revealed in his interview with Football Daily:

Kudus is very interested in moving to the Premier League, whether it’s to a premier club in Manchester or London.

But I believe that Ten Hag will leave as soon as he knocks on his door.

Kudus could be the best choice if the players mentioned don’t show up or negotiations fall through. He is on their list, though he may not be number one just yet.
Mohammed Kudus’ skill level?

It’s no secret that Erik ten Hag still has a lot of respect for the Ajax team he played for, as several of the Eredivisie club’s players have been linked with moves to Old Trafford ever since the manager was hired in the summer of 2016.

Players like Jurrien Timber and Frenkie de Jong have also previously been linked. Antony, Lisandro Martinez, and Andre Onana have all moved to the north west of England to join their former Ajax coach.

Kudus, who reportedly has a price tag of £40 million, could be the next Ajax star to join Ten Hag’s reconstruction effort at the Theatre of Dreams this summer. Kudus would offer fierce competition for the players used in the attacking threat, especially Antony, who hasn’t yet made the explosive impact he was hoping for.

According to SofaScore, the Brazilian made 25 appearances in the Premier League last season but only produced four goals and two assists, missed four excellent chances in front of goal, and failed to complete 54% of his dribble attempts.

According to FBref, Kudus easily outperformed the Man United winger in a number of attributes when compared to his positional rival, including goal contributions (14 v 9), shots on target rate (39.1% v 32.1%), pass completion (85.5% v 79.1%), successful take-ons (62.3% v 42.7%), and shots on target per 90 (1.36 v 1.18).

In addition, after Antony’s high-profile transfer to Manchester United, Dutch legend Marco van Basten criticised his former Ajax teammate Kudus, claiming that Kudus is a much better player:

“Kudus has much better technique and is an expert at what he does. Kudus is more intelligent and technically adept than Antony, despite being faster.

“He is a lot more of a football player; the team can use him all over the pitch.

He’s actually much more appealing to me than Antony. He’s more entertaining to watch play.

Since Kudus, 22, is skilled at playing central midfield, attacking midfield, centre forward, as well as on the right wing, the pair could actually play together for the Red Devils due to Kudus’ great versatility in positioning.

However, by giving Antony competition on that right flank, Ten Hag would be in a great position because he would have two young, hungry players vying to prove themselves the following season, with Hojlund leading the attack through the middle. This would ultimately unlock Antony’s true potential and push the winger to improve his performances.

The acquisition of Kudus would be a great business move for Man United, strengthening several crucial positions on the pitch and giving Ten Hag access to yet another outstanding player who can influence the attacking threat.

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