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PremierLeague-News.Com- Man Utd have signed three players this summer and are hoping to add more to their side before deadline day.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Time was always going to be of the essence for Manchester United this summer. With the new Premier League season starting this weekend, it has hardly felt like football ever went away, and a chaotic campaign awaits as sides prepare for a condensed fixture schedule. These restraints are what led United to the official appointment of Erik ten Hag back in April, weeks before the last season ended, as they looked to hit the ground-running under their new boss. Ten Hag arrived in England as soon as possible to get to work, effectively switching his focus to United from the second he clinched the Eredivisie title with Ajax. Recruitment meetings were held, players were consulted, and a pre-season plan was meticulously drawn up to best prepare for the new campaign. READ MORE: Ten Hag slams Ronaldo and other stars for 'unacceptable' mistake The new United manager scrutinised every minor detail that he had authority over, but there was always going to be a number of mitigating factors that remained out of his control. Players involved in international duty were given an extended break, which pushed back their return date to training, and securing new signings was never going to be as straightforward as video games make it seem. Tyrell Malacia was the only player signed before the club embarked on their pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia, and it shows based on his performances so far. The Dutch full-back was set to start the season as back-up to Luke Shaw, but after a productive summer, he could be a surprise starter against Brighton this weekend. Christian Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez didn't make the pre-season tour proper, though, and have been playing catch-up since. They only met their new teammates last week, and despite both impressing in their respective outings last weekend, neither of them is a guaranteed starter on Sunday.
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. Not only have Eriksen and Martinez missed out on valuable team bonding opportunities, but they also have fewer training sessions under their belts and less of an understanding of how they will fit into this United side. The one saving grace is that both players know what Ten Hag expects from them, given that Martinez worked with him at Ajax and Eriksen spent a period there while searching for a new club.
That might not be the case for any further additions in the summer window, though. With the Premier League starting this weekend, United's training methods will soon switch to a match cycle that sees them gear up for specific opponents rather than working on the fundamentals of Ten Hag's style of play. By next month, United will be getting into the rhythm of playing two matches virtually every week. There is another international break and then a packed fixture schedule before the World Cup in Qatar begins. It means anyone who signs for the club now will miss out on as many opportunities to get accustomed to Ten Hag's set-up and the demands placed upon them by the manager. Whoever is to become United's fourth signing of the summer, and maybe even fifth or sixth, will have to overcome an extra hurdle to make their impact immediately, though it is a challenge many of them will relish. Time might be running out, but it isn't over yet. READ MORE: United concerned about attack amid frustration in transfer market 'His solutions are brilliant' - the verdict from the United dressing room on Ten Hag Eriksen is already improving the United dressing room All the United news and views Why United have brought in Huddlestone