Erik ten Hag tried and failed to keep Nemanja Matic at Manchester United
Posted by  badge Boss on Jul 10
Nemanja Matic left Manchester United for Roma this summer (Picture: Getty Images)

Erik ten Hag suffered an early blow as manager this summer as he tried and failed to convince to stay at the club.

The veteran midfielder triggered an exit clause in his contract at the end of the season, leaving Old Trafford to link up with his former manager at Roma.

Having not been a regular in the Red Devils first team for the last three seasons, it was thought his exit was a mutual agreement between player and club, but it is now reported that Ten Hag wanted him to stay.

state that the new boss wanted Matic to remain at Old Trafford for one more year as he saw him as a good influence on the dressing room, even if he was unlikely to be a regular face in the starting XI.

Ten Hag did not get his wish and he continues to battle to get the new signings in that he wants this summer as he looks to rebuild the Manchester United squad in his image.

Transfers have been slow to arrive for Erik ten Hag so losing Matic would have been a blow (Picture: Getty Images)

22-year-old left-back Tyrell Malacia is the only arrival so far, signing from Feyenoord, but more signings are expected.

Lisandro Martinez, Thomas Strakosha and Christian Eriksen are all expected to sign contracts at Old Trafford, while their pursuit of Barcelona’s Frenkie De Jong continues.

An initial £65m fee was agreed between the clubs for the Dutchman, but it is slow progress to iron out the many other details of the deal given the complicated, and outright bad, financial situation Barca are in.

United remain very interested in the 25-year-old and hopeful of a deal, but the longer negotiations go on, the more frustrated they get.


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