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Man Utd line up ‘better version of Pogba’ to revolutionise their new manager’s midfield

Ajax midfielder Ryan Gravenberch grinning

Man Utd are scouting Ryan Gravenberch and have earmarked the Ajax ace as the man to revolutionise their midfield – in the event Erik Ten Hag becomes their next manager, per a report.

The upcoming summer is shaping up to be a crucial one for Manchester United. The club will appoint a permanent manager with interim boss Ralf Rangnick expected to move upstairs into a consultancy role.

The German will have a say on the direction of the club, and the Manchester Evening News recently claimed Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag is the current favourite to take the reins.

The 52-year-old has guided Ajax to two league and cup doubles in the Netherlands over the last three years. The Mirror previously stated PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino was the preferred choice among the United dressing room. However, Ten Hag now appears to be fronting the queue.

And according to the Athletic, if Ten Hag is appointed, United could quickly raid his former club for Ryan Gravenberch.

The 19-year-old central midfielder is earning rave reviews for his dominant displays in the Eredivisie. Indicating how quickly he has ascended to becoming a top player, he has already generated 10 senior Netherlands caps.

Overhauling United’s midfield this summer could determine the club’s fortunes for years to come. Paul Pogba is due to leave as a free agent, while Nemanja Matic’s best days are behind him at 33.

Fred has impressed in recent weeks. Though there are still doubts as to whether he and Scott McTominay are of the calibre United require to challenge Man City and Liverpool.

Man Utd scouting Gravenberch

As such, Gravenberch would be an ideal acquisition to kickstart the midfield revolution and the report states he has been scouted by United.

Gravenberch had previously emerged on the radars of both Liverpool and Tottenham. What’s more, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano recently claimed the midfielder would be ‘open’ to leaving Ajax in the summer when detailing Bayern Munich’s interest.

The Athletic back up Bayern’s links with Gravenberch. Though Romano stated the Bavarians will struggle to muster the €30m (£25m) it’ll take to secure a deal.

That price tag would not be an issue for United. Furthermore, the comments of Gravenberch’s former coach, Brian Tevreden, suggest they’d be pulling off a transfer masterstroke.

Tevreden previously told Goal of Gravenberch: “Technically, I would say he’s a better version of Pogba in his best days at Juventus, in terms of his technique and his presence on the pitch.

“He’s very dominant like Pogba was, and that’s what I see in Ryan.”

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