‘Clever signing’ – Ten Hag urged make Man Utd flop one of five signings

Date published: Thursday 21st April 2022 10:03 - Lewis Oldham

Tony Cascarino advises Erik ten Hag

Tony Cascarino has picked out five players new Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag should sign this summer, including Wilfried Zaha and Harry Kane.

Ten Hag was confirmed as Manchester United’s new permanent manager on Thursday. He has earned plaudits for his work at Ajax since 2018.

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Zaha signed for the Red Devils back in 2013 from Crystal Palace. They paid around £10m to bring him in.

He only played four times for Man Utd before he returned to Crystal Palace permanently in 2014.

Kane meanwhile looked to leave Tottenham last summer. Man City were interested in him but they now look set to sign Erling Haaland.

The Englishman has been linked with a move to Man Utd of late. Cascarino also named Kalvin Phillips and Yves Bissouma as ideal midfield targets for United.

This is before he suggested that Ten Hag could “look to poach” Lisandro Martinez from Ajax:

“Erik ten Hag should focus on bringing in players who are already proven this summer, rather than obsessing over potential,” Cascarino told The Times.

“The best example of that is Harry Kane – a striker who would be a typical United signing.

“Signing Kane depends on whether Tottenham Hotspur fail to make the top four, but United should at least try for the England captain.

“With Erling Haaland seemingly set for Manchester City, Kane’s options if he wants to leave Tottenham are limited.

“Kane could provide the kind of lift that Robin van Persie did when he moved to United from Arsenal in 2012 and helped them win the Premier League in Sir Alex Ferguson’s last season in charge.

“Other proven top-flight players I would target are Kalvin Phillips at Leeds United and Yves Bissouma at Brighton, either of whom could slot into United’s midfield.

“Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha would also be a clever signing for United.

“I know it didn’t go according to plan for him during his first spell at Old Trafford but he has matured since leaving and has been playing at a high level for years now – he could provide competition to Jadon Sancho and shouldn’t have any problems with Ten Hag’s system as the Dutchman trusts his wingers.

“Ten Hag may also look at poaching Lisandro Martinez from Ajax. The Argentina defender is composed on the ball and has been an ever-present for Ten Hag’s Ajax side this season.”

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