Frenkie de Jong was Erik ten Hag’s top transfer focus on at Manchester United this summer, but the midfielder stayed at Barcelona and the Pink Devils signed Casemiro alternatively.
10 Hag has done a promising occupation at United so considerably, rebounding from two defeats to set collectively a 4-sport winning streak – including victories over Liverpool and Arsenal – ahead of the demise of Queen Elizabeth II postponed game titles all over the Uk this weekend.
The Dutchman has signed two players who assisted him win titles with Ajax in Antony and Lisandro Martinez – for a merged €165 million – but he was determined for a third in De Jong.
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United were also eager, but the club hierarchy inevitably baulked at his cost and plumped for True Madrid’s Casemiro, the 5-time Champions League-profitable Brazilian arriving for an €80m rate towards the finish of the window.
Reports from the Netherlands say that 10 Hag was “left disappointed” by United’s refusal to pursue the De Jong deal. Whilst De Jong was also decided to keep at “aspiration club” Barcelona, his recent text propose that United failed to comply with by means of just after all.
Frenkie: ‘no point stressing about it’
“Of program, I read the rumours much too,” he instructed Dutch day-to-day newspaper Algemeen Dagblad. “But I failed to listen to just about anything from the club management, so I assume that absolutely nothing was concrete, or that an agreement experienced currently been reached. Then there is no stage in worrying about it.
“My conversations with Xavi ended up just about soccer, about the workforce. There’s even now one thing that needs to be added subsequent season to carry on to expand, to conduct far better. But I have acquired every single self-confidence in that.”
10 Hag’s disappointment is understandable. When Casemiro is a globe course defensive midfielder in his personal right, his profile is profoundly various from De Jong’s.
Casemiro is a formidable ball-winner whereas De Jong’s most tangible ability is his skill to convey the ball from defence to attack, normally with progressive carries, of which he averaged 5 for every game last season.
Casemiro is nonetheless to begin in the Premier League for Ten Hag, with Scott McTominay most well-liked at central midfield so far.