Incoming Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag 'could be in stands for Crystal Palace game' to run rule over under-performing stars

INCOMING Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag could be in the stands for the club's final Premier League game of the season against Crystal Palace, according to reports.

The Red Devils' season went from bad to worse earlier this week when SunSport revealed that two senior players got into a fight at the Carrington training complex.

And it has been equally as shocking on the pitch throughout the 2021/22 campaign.

Man Utd currently sit sixth in the Premier League table and could even drop to seventh if they are beaten by Palace on the final day and West Ham win one of their last two matches.

In that scenario, they'd be playing in the Europa Conference League next season.

But the United players could be spurred on at Selhurst Park by the presence of new head coach Ten Hag.

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The Athletic are reporting that the Dutchman will be watching the game – but he hasn't yet made his mind up whether that will be in the stands or on TV.

Ten Hag's final match in charge of Ajax will be on Sunday as they close out a title-winning campaign with a trip to Vitesse.

He will then formally depart the Eredivisie champions and begin working on how to turn around the mess at Old Trafford.

United have already been linked with a move for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong – who was previously coached by Ten Hag at Ajax.

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Discussing the transfer speculation recently, Barca boss Xavi said: “I haven't talked with him [De Jong] about his future.

“He is playing at a very good level and has to continue here – he can be one of the best midfielders in the world for years to come.

“If it were up to me, I would continue here for many more years.

“He is very important and can mark an era here. He has to score, assist and he has to be the protagonist.”

Ten Hag laid out his transfer blueprint for the Red Devils at a meeting in Amsterdam this week.

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He was joined by United Football Director John Murtough, his Ajax assistant Mitchell van der Gaag, who will follow him to England, and Steve McClaren, who is also set to join his staff.

He is believed to want to sign two midfielders, a versatile forward and a centre-back this summer.

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