Manchester United Officials Ordered Erik ten Hag to End Pursuit of Barcelona Star This Summer

Sergino Dest

Manchester United officials were the ones who suggested Erik ten Hag should end his pursuit of right-back Sergino Dest, who has now agreed a loan move to AC Milan.

Erik ten Hag Was Forced to Turn Away From Potential Sergino Dest Deal

He Had Already Signed Two Former Ajax Players

According to journalist Achraf Ben Ayad: “Manchester United officials ‘advised’ coach Ten Hag not to increase the number of ‘Ajax players’ after signing two, that’s when Dest’s option became ruled out.”

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The 21-year-old was considered by the United boss in order to reinforce right-back options, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka rumoured to leave the club this summer. Diogo Dalot has been preferred by Ten Hag as of late and the Englishman is yet to make a start under the new manager.

Sergino Dest Had to Find A New Club This Summer

Dest was reluctant to leave Barcelona until Xavi insisted he find a new team this summer as there was no guarantee he could secure minutes on the pitch this season.

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The United manager was keen to negotiate a deal with the American, especially as the two worked together in Amsterdam, until club officials intervened.

New Signings Paying Off for United

The Manchester side saw the arrivals of two former Ajax stars this transfer window in Antony and Lisandro Martinez. The latter has just been awarded Player of the Month for August after two exceptional performances against Liverpool and Southampton.

 

Donny van de Beek also represented the Dutch side until he became a Red Devil in 2020. The three players will be all-too-familiar with the playing style and expectations of their head coach.

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Whilst the Reds ended their interest in Dest, they still acquired more exciting arrivals this summer; Christian Eriksen, Tyrell Malacia and Casemiro have all looked promising when donning the United shirt in their first appearances.