Ten Hag could finally ditch McTominay in Man United deal for “tremendous” £22m starlet

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Manchester United will want to sign at least one or two more players to round off the summer transfer window on a positive note.

Erik ten Hag has recently had his eye on a few defenders, but now that Harry Maguire’s transfer to West Ham United fell through, may the Dutchman now focus on acquiring another midfielder?

Manchester United might next sign a player.

In an effort to upgrade their midfield region, Mason Mount has already arrived at Old Trafford, but Ten Hag isn’t content with that.

According to reports, United has inquired about Ryan Gravenberch, a youngster for Bayern Munich.

Following a difficult start to life at Bayern since his arrival from Ajax in the summer of 2022, the young player may be available for as little as €25 million (£22 million), and Ten Hag may receive excellent value from this transaction.

Additionally, it might allow the Dutchman to let Scott McTominay go, who is obviously not in his future plans.

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During 2022–2023, the Scot did make 39 appearances across all leagues, but just 16 of them were starts, including just ten in the Premier League.

Despite interest from West Ham and Newcastle United, Ten Hag informed the midfielder that he was no longer needed at Old Trafford back in June. However, the midfielder is yet to finalise a transfer away from the Red Devils.

According to Sofascore, McTominay finished the previous season in a dismal 20th place among the United team’s players in terms of average league performance.

His failure to place in the top ten for important passes, accurate passes, or interceptions per game suggests that even when given the chance, he was unable to seize the moment.

If Gravenberch could regain the form that helped him secure a move to Germany, he would make a perfect substitute for the 26-year-old.

The 21-year-old still ranked in the top 7% for shot-creating actions when compared to positional peers, and he also ranked in the top 25% for successful take-ons, progressive passes, and progressive carries per 90, which is impressive considering he only played an average of 24 minutes per league match. He started just three Bundesliga games for the German powerhouses.

When compared to positional counterparts, McTominay failed to even place in the top 35% for any of these criteria, which strongly shows that the young Dutchman is capable of exhibiting his brilliance when given the chance.

Gravenberch was coached by Ten Hag during his time at Ajax, and the Dutchman previously praised the German, saying:

“He’s a box-to-box player, which is incredibly crucial for our team. He dribbles well, passes well, and contributes in the build-up play. He also accelerates out of positional play.

He is good in the transition game and can win the balls because of his athleticism and physique. He has gone a long way, but there is still plenty to learn.

The 53-year-old should make Gravenberch a top priority before the transfer window closes for the aforementioned sum, and get rid of McTominay in the process.

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