Things are going up for Manchester United after the team got Erik ten Hag as its new manager on board and potential looms to land new key pieces through player transfers.
Exciting times are also up ahead for five players who have the skills to create an impact for the Red Devils as the new English Premier League (EPL) season approaches.
Let’s break down who these five players are and why fans should keep their eyes glued on them as Manchester United seeks to return to EPL glory.
GARNACHO, PELLISTRI LEAD LATAM FLAVOR FOR RED DEVILS
Alejandro Garnacho may have been born in Madrid, Spain, but he earned his spurs as an Argentina youth international before embarking on a professional career.
The 18-year-old winger will carry the youth and lots of energy for the Red Devils after coming off an impressive stint in the FA Youth Cup.
A new opportunity may just be what Facundo Pellistri needs and Manchester United can give him that.
The 20-year-old Uruguay winger can use the pre-season to fine-tune his game and impress ten Hag after he struggled in his stint with Spanish club Alaves.
Pellistri could fill a need for a winger with the Red Devils this upcoming season, but the 5-foot-9 Montevideo native will have to compete against Amad for a place in the first team.
MALACIA, MARTIAL CAN FILL PRESSING NEED
All eyes could be focused on Tyrell Malacia, who was announced as one of the latest Manchester United additions last week.
Malacia’s tenacious style of play earned him the moniker “Pitbull ” in the Netherlands, and ten Hag can use a player like him to boost the team’s left-back position.
Anthony Martial may play a crucial role as one of the Red Devils’ most senior forwards who need to step up.
For a forward who once scored 23 goals in 2019-20, Martial is a piece ten Hag should take a second look at, as the Frenchman can still form a potent front three with Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford for the Red Devils.
GARNER A MIDFIELDER WORTH A SECOND LOOK
There are several spots for midfielders that are available for the Red Devils, and James Garner is more than capable to fill one of them.
The 21-year-old Australian midfielder is expected to carry his experience in from the youth international level, after he played for England’s under-17, under-18, under-19, under-20, and under-21 teams.
The starting midfielder position won’t be given on a silver platter for Garner, as he battles Dutch professional footballer Donny van de Beek for the position.
TEN HAG READY WITH OR WITHOUT RONALDO
Despite the arrival of some new faces and the potential of returning faces, Ten Hag can’t escape the question most fans would like to hear answered: Is Manchester United ready to go on with or without Cristiano Ronaldo?
Ten Hag admitted to not talking with Ronaldo personally, but he said the team is “planning with Cristiano Ronaldo for this season.”
If the recent summer run-out at the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand, where United faced Liverpool, serves as the basis, expect an intense yet competitive environment under ten Hag.
The new manager is committed to steering the Red Devils to a familiar place after the new season ends: another EPL championship.