News From Manchester: Pau Torres signing could cause unwanted headache for Erik ten Hag at Manchester United

The first team have never looked so disjointed, which this season led to their worst ever Premier League points tally (58) and a dismal defensive record of 57 goals conceded. A number of players are already set to leave at the end of their contracts, which will save Ten Hag half a job.

He may yet show the door to others with Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Brandon Williams being put in the shop window. While departures may solve some problems, the Dutch coach will know more yet still remain in the current squad.

And with an influx of arrivals expected into Old Trafford this summer, his biggest challenge may be to keep happy those who will inevitably fall by the wayside.

The signing of Pau Torres would be welcomed with open arms by many at United amid their defensive woes. The centre-half helped Villarreal reach the semi-finals of this years Champions League, keeping clean sheets against Juventus and Bayern Munich along the way.

But it may be the collateral damage he causes that could pose a problem. Raphael Varane had a mostly turgid debut season which was rigged with injury albeit showed glimpses of his former Real Madrid form.

Many will be hoping he stays off the physio table next term and builds up momentum with a decent run in the team. Criticism was often fired the way of captain Harry Maguire amid a torrid campaign.

Some do not feel he has fulfilled his 80m price tag and several others believe he should be sold. While an offload is unlikely, almost all fans agree that a new centre-half is needed.

And if Torres ultimately does come in, Ten Hag will not be benching him. It means either Varane or Maguire will have to give way with neither player set to be too best pleased.

Then Ten Hags man management skills will have to kick in. His men will be on bigger salaries and uphold mightier egos than those at Ajax in the Eredivisie.

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