Erik ten Hag has a big job on his hands in turning around the fortunes of Manchester United, with his sizeable rebuilding project set to begin this summer.
The club will certainly be in the market for some new players in the months ahead, although just how many they should attempt to bring in is up for debate. While a major overhaul of the squad is needed, adding too many new faces at once could prove counterproductive.
It is likely that the Dutchman will have his sights set on a handful of high quality additions during his first window in charge of the side. Some key names have reportedly already been identified.
Erik ten Hag identifies three potential Manchester United targets
Fichajes are reporting that Erik ten Hag has identified James Ward Prowse, Jarrod Bowen, and Tyrell Malacia as his main targets for the summer transfer window.
Of course, two of those names will already be very familiar to those who follow the Premier League.
James Ward Prowse is already a ten-cap England international, having arguably his finest personal season to date despite Southampton's relative struggles in the league. He is unlikely to come cheap, having a contract at St Mary's until 2026.
The angle of this James Ward-Prowse free-kick is a work of art 👨🎨
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Jarrod Bowen has also enjoyed an excellent campaign, scoring 16 goals and registering 11 assists in a wide forward role. West Ham could struggle to hang onto him this summer, especially if they fail to win the Europa League and are without Champions League football next season. There would be no shortage of interest in the 25-year old, with Liverpool linked in the past.
Feyenoord left back Tyrell Malacia will be a less familiar name to many Manchester United supporters, although he is quite the talent. At 22-years old, he already has over 100 first team appearances to his name and has been capped by The Netherlands at senior level.
Ten Hag will have been watching his progress closely in recent years and he could provide Luke Shaw with some strong position for that position moving forward were he to make the move to Old Trafford.
One thing that is noticeable about this trio is that they are not necessarily the type of star names that Manchester United have coveted in the past. The club prioritised big name signings over the last number of seasons, although such a strategy has helped lead them to their current situation.
Their new manager will certainly look to move things in a different direction moving forward, bringing in hungry players who possess the right attitude and will buy into his methods. The three names mentioned above would certainly seem to fit that criteria.
It will certainly be an interesting few months ahead for Manchester United.