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PremierLeague-News.Com- Erik ten Hag assembled a 28-man squad this week and that number could remain unchanged as he prepares to name his Man United pre-season tour squad.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! In the 48 hours prior to departure for Seattle, Manchester United had to request three new boarding passes for their 2015 pre-season tour. Matteo Darmian, Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger all checked into Carrington over one productive weekend and were quickly measured for the Paul Smith suits they donned for check-in at Manchester Airport. United's second Dutch manager is aiming to have at least two new additions on board Friday's flight to Bangkok. Fees have been agreed for Tyrell Malacia and Frenkie de Jong, while a bid has been submitted for Lisandro Martinez. It is a propitious time to be Dutch or an Ajax affiliate. Also read: United make bid for Martinez Erik ten Hag should be introduced to 13 more senior squad members on Monday and the first-team section on the club website has been updated. Thirty-six players are still listed, some of them prematurely. James Garner, Andreas Pereira and Tahith Chong have spent the last two years on loan, Facundo Pellistri the last 18 months, Shola Shoretire has cameoed five times, Alejandro Garnacho twice, Teden Mengi once and Alvaro Fernandez is yet to debut. Dean Henderson can be discounted now he has embarked on a sixth loan in seven years, Mason Greenwood is absent indefinitely and others are excess baggage for the long haul flight. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer named a 28-man squad for the tour of Australia, Singapore and China three years ago and that was the number Ten Hag settled on for his maiden training squad. It is also the figure Jose Mourinho assembled in the first half of his first season. It is not a coincidence each manager had Europa League football to factor into their calendar. Ten Hag's travelling party will be the first gauge of his ruthlessness. Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Brandon Williams, Alex Telles, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe are six players United are open to offers for and that is just in defence.
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Malacia and De Jong line up for the Netherlands
If Ten Hag is to go off the 28-man rule excluding any signings, he would have little choice but to add some carry-on luggage. A possible 28-man squad could read: De Gea, Heaton, Bishop, Wan-Bissaka, Dalot, Maguire, Varane, Lindelof, Bailly, Jones, Tuanzebe, Shaw, Telles, Williams, Van de Beek, McTominay, Fred, Garner, Fernandes, Mejbri, Sancho, Elanga, Rashford, Ronaldo, Pellistri, Amad, Martial, Garnacho. Mourinho had 28 players in California for the 2017 tour but three - Ashley Young, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw - travelled solely for rehabilitation. If Ten Hag were to whittle it down to 25 then a centre-back, a full-back and a forward could be cut. United have published largely innocuous footage from their return to training this week though it was alarming to see how easily Amad was eased off the ball by Alvaro Fernandez. There is currently a vacancy on the right and United invested £37million in Amad, 20 next week. Fernandez, 20 next year and with a second senior left-back destined to arrive since his own transfer from Real Madrid, did not appear downbeat ahead of the added competition. Alejandro Garnacho returned to Carrington nearly a week early and only had 17 days off in June, with the youngster keen to impress his new manager.
Garnacho is vying for a tour squad place
Regardless of new additions, some notable names may have to be cut. At least one excess centre half is likely to be reprieved - possibly beyond the transfer deadline - given managers' propensity to have a fifth in reserve. Tuanzebe would be the logical inclusion and he would arguably be a more straightforward sale than Jones (arguably unsellable) and Bailly (big wages and ill-timed contract). Similarly at full-back, Brandon Williams could be easier to shift than Alex Telles. Or maybe neither will have a boarding pass. Possible United tour squad without signings: De Gea, Heaton, Bishop, Wan-Bissaka, Dalot, Maguire, Varane, Lindelof, Bailly, Jones, Tuanzebe, Shaw, Telles, Williams, Van de Beek, McTominay, Fred, Garner, Fernandes, Mejbri, Sancho, Elanga, Rashford, Ronaldo, Amad, Pellistri, Martial, Garnacho Possible tour squad with signings: De Gea, Heaton, Bishop, Wan-Bissaka, Dalot, Maguire, Varane, Martinez, Lindelof, Tuanzebe, Shaw, Malacia, Telles, Van de Beek, McTominay, Fred, Garner, De Jong, Fernandes, Mejbri, Sancho, Elanga, Rashford, Ronaldo, Pellistri, Amad, Garnacho, Martial READ MORE: United expect to complete Malacia signing Romero open to rejoining United United already moving on to other targets as they wait for first transfer Latest United news and views United have learnt from Fabregas ordeal with De Jong