After they lost the opportunity of making it into the top four teams with the 4-0 defeat against Brighton Hove & Albion, and with it their hope of playing in Champions League next season, Manchester United is already thinking about the 2022-23 Premier League season.
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One of their first movements was announced a few weeks ago, when it was made official that Ralf Rangnick was not going to remain as coach once the season ended, as his place will be taken by Erik ten Hag, who currently coaches Eredivisie side AFC Ajax.
The Red Devils are also planning some additions to fulfill key roles on the roster, especially since players like Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matić, Juan Mata, and Edinson Cavani will leave Old Trafford once the current season is over.
Although names like Edson Álvarez or Frenkie de Jong have been linked to United recently, they also know that one of the best ways of ensuring that a player will die for the colors of the team is by promoting academy team players, something that they are already doing.
The want to shield their newest gem
One of the most promising prospects that Manchester United has had in recent years is Alejandro Garnacho, who has excelled in the academy teams, especially with the U-18 squad, after joining in 2020 out of Atlético Madrid academy.
The 17-year-old left-winger already had his debut in the English top flight this season, as Ralf Rangnick give him a few minutes on the pitch on the 1-1 draw against Chealsea at the end of April, but he has also called him up to the first team in five more games.
Erik ten Hag is following closely the development of the 17-year-old Argentine international, who already received his first call-up, as he likes to give playing time to young talents, which is why according to the Daily Mirror, he will join the first team during their preseason in Thailand.
They will have to wait until he turns 18
In Old Trafford, they know that they need to shield him before another team tries to steal him, which is why, according to Diario As, they are ready to give him a contract extension with a substantial salary increase and a high release clause, although it won’t happen until he turns 18, on July 1st.