Imagine him & Casemiro: Ten Hag could from scary duo in Man Utd move for £22m “talent”

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Only Andre Onana has actually adjusted well to life at Old Trafford out of all of Manchester United’s summer additions.

Mason Mount struggled against Tottenham Hotspur, completing just 15 of his passes accurately, and Erik ten Hag might be considering returning to the transfer market to add another player or two.

He recently expressed interest in Marc Guehi and Jean Clair-Tobido, suggesting that a defence is on his wish list, but might another midfielder be his next addition?

Manchester United might next sign a player.

Whatever Ten Hag chooses to do, he needs to move quickly since Ryan Gravenberch of Bayern Munich has been linked to a move to the Red Devils and the transfer market closes one week from Friday.

The young Dutchman, who played under Ten Hag during his time at Ajax, has reportedly drawn interest from United and may be available for a reasonable amount.

If he can match the form he showed at Ajax under Ten Hag, the Bundesliga team’s valuation of him at €25m (£22m) might prove to be an incredible steal for the Old Trafford team.

What benefits might Ryan Gravenberch bring to Manchester United?

Ten Hag went out and paid around £70 million for Casemiro from Real Madrid last summer in an effort to improve United’s midfield options.

Although the Brazilian had amassed all the trophies possible during his time in the Spanish capital, it was possibly thought that, at the age of 30, his contract was excessive for someone who had arguably already reached the pinnacle of his career.

Casemiro demonstrated his strengths across a variety of metrics by finishing second in the Premier League last season with an overall Sofascore rating of 7.21. He also placed second in big chance creation (seven), first in tackles (3.2), and third in interceptions (1.2) per game.

Gravenberch, whose qualities match those of the former Madrid star rather well, would provide the perfect companion for him in the centre of the United midfield.

The young Dutchman, who averaged 24 minutes per game while only making three Bundesliga starts for Bayern last season, ranked in the top 7% of positional peers for shot-creating actions (4.03) per 90, the top 18% for successful take-ons (1.3), and the top 19% for progressive passes (6.64) per 90.

These numbers are impressive considering how few chances he had to shine last season, and Ten Hag would probably give him more playing time should he join United.

Casemiro’s defensive prowess, which placed him in the top 4% of positional peers for tackles, blocks, clearances, and aerials won per 90, may enable the 53-year-old to build an outstanding midfield partnership.

Former Ajax forward Wim Kieft hailed Gravenberch as the Netherlands’ “greatest talent,” and his attacking prowess mixed with the Brazilian’s defensive abilities would provide the Red Devils a dangerous midfield combo.

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