Man United transfer news RECAP Kalvin Phillips to Man Utd latest plus Erik ten Hag and Ronaldo updates

Manchester United will hold on till Monday night before resuming their fading top-four charge whey they welcome Brentford to Old Trafford in what is their final home game of the season (8pm). Before that meeting both Arsenal and Tottenham find themselves in action.

A midweek draw with Chelsea means United are five points behind fourth-placed Arsenal and have also played an extra two games than the Gunners. As such, Ralf Rangnick and his team can only amass 64 points this season, while Arsenal have totted-up 60 with five matches to play.

Beyond the season finale plans are starting to fall into place for the Ten Hag regime. Figures in the boardroom have drawn up the framework for a potential deal involving England midfielder Kalvin Phillips – although his current team Leeds do not expect him to leave this summer.

Reports have also circulated suggesting United transfer negotiator Matt Judge has resigned from his position.

The resignation of director of football negotiations Matt Judge this week is the latest sign of an institution unsure of itself. Judge was United’s go-to man for agents and, as his job title suggests, was essentially in charge of the numbers when it came to doing deals.

To lose someone in that role when talks with agents will be stepping up a gear now the end of the season in sight doesn’t portray much sign of stability, but it’s clear that change is afoot at Old Trafford as well.

Fans react to Judge resignation reports

According to reports from The Athletic, Matt Judge has resigned as head of corporate development at United and as such will not play an active role in their upcoming summer recruitment drive. Judge was appointed to that role under Ed Woodward in 2014 – having been at the club since 2012 – and was a key figure responsible for leading transfer and contract negotiations.

Mata makes prediction about Ten Hag’s United

Juan Mata believes there is ‘an exciting future’ ahead for Manchester United with Erik ten Hag as manager.

“Every single game that you play for this club you can play better or worse, you can have better or worse results but as a fan the thing I would like to see is players giving everything and fighting together and representing the club the best we can,” Mata said.

“That’s what we have to do unfortunately in the next [three] games because there are no more. It is a question of pride and giving to the club what it deserves from us. I understand the fans’ frustration after this season because I would also be frustrated too.

“But I also think there is an exciting future ahead, with a new era, with a new manager. Hopefully it is going to be a big change in terms of results and fans will be happy.”

What United can expect from Ten Hag and Van der Gaag

The excitement is growing as Manchester United prepare to welcome Erik ten Hag to the club at the end of the season. After an extensive search for the next permanent manager, United settled on the Ajax boss as their preferred candidate for the role, with club sources insisting it was a unanimous decision to back the 52-year-old.

Ten Hag is expected to be joined in Manchester by his current Ajax assistant, Mitchell van der Gaag, and the duo will arrive at the club with the full support of the United fanbase. But, despite being the popular choice amongst fans on social media, they still represent somewhat of an enigma.

There can be no denying the success Ten Hag has enjoyed at Ajax, but very few pundits will actually have watched the Dutch champions play many domestic games, or have first-hand experience of what the new manager is really like.

Dimitar Berbatov claims Cristiano Ronaldo’s future at Manchester United depends on Erik ten Hag

Dimitar Berbatov hopes Cristiano Ronaldo will remain at Manchester United but would understand if he was to leave the club this summer.

The Portuguese legend has been one of the few bright sparks for the club this campaign. His 23 goals have helped bail United out of a number of difficult positions and he rescued United once again on Thursday night.

Marcos Alonso had given Chelsea the lead in a match they had dominated at Old Trafford. However, United soon restored parity when Ronaldo lashed home in front of the Stretford End.

Will he stay or will he go? There is plenty of speculation over Cristano Ronaldo.

Here is what Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson is predicting will happen;

I’d be surprised if Erik ten Hag wants him there to be honest. He’s trying to build his team and Ronaldo is 37. PSG could go for him and make him their short-term replacement for Kylian Mbappe. PSG only want one thing – the Champions League. Ronaldo is a proven asset in the competition. He’s scored goals, he sells shirts, he’s done it all.

Erik Ten Hag faced with tough job at Old Trafford

Erik ten Hag’s brief is clear. Make Manchester United the force they used to be once more.

There will, of course, be a myriad of side objectives as well. Creating an attractive and exciting style of play, developing youngsters and promoting them into the first team, significantly improving recruitment, changing the atmosphere around Old Trafford and so on. But what will really determine whether Ten Hag’s time at United is a success or not is whether the club becomes competitive again and starts picking up silverware.

That task is going to be incredibly hard as it is and it’s just got harder thanks to Jurgen Klopp committing his future to Liverpool. A whole lot harder.

The state of play with injuries for United

Ralf Rangnick has spoken with the media before the Brentford game.

With that here is the current state of play on the United treatment table;

Fred (hip/calf) – Back in training

Jadon Sancho (illness) – OUT

Luke Shaw (leg) – OUT

Edinson Cavani (calf) – Back in training

Paul Pogba (calf) – OUT

Harry Maguire (knee) – OUT

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (knock) – Back in training.

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire will be desperate to get away from the club this summer, according to a former Premier League striker.

Maguire has been regularly criticised by the United fanbase this season following some poor performances. He was ironically cheered when substituted against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League before being booed on international duty in a friendly against Ivory Coast.

Earlier this month, Greater Manchester Police were called to Maguire’s home after he received a bomb threat. Subsequently, Maguire was benched for United’s defeat at Arsenal and was omitted from the matchday squad entirely for the visit of Chelsea on Thursday.

‘Too comfortable’ Marcus Rashford advised to make Manchester United exit

Marcus Rashford has been linked with a move away from Manchester United this summer after a dismal season. The striker has started just 13 Premier League games and has only lasted the full 90 minutes three times. In fact, he has played just one full match in four months.

His on-field demeanour seemingly indicates that his confidence is shot having not scored or assisted since early February. Many supporters feel Rashford’s decline has been indicative of United ’s desperately drab season.

Recently, reports have suggested that he could be on the move this summer despite the impending arrival of Erik ten Hag. His performances against Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea have done little to tame the speculation, with the attacker looking far from content.

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