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Manchester United Weigh Up A Bid For This Tottenham Midfielder: Decent Fit For Ten Hag?

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In this current transfer window, a number of unexpected player transfers are emerging, and one such instance is Manchester United being interested in Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. Throughout the summer, Tottenham has been willing to part ways with the midfielder, provided the appropriate offer comes along. They had even engaged with an offer from Atletico Madrid earlier in the window, only to turn it down.

Recent reports from Evening Standard suggest that United are contemplating the possibility of pursuing Hojbjerg in the closing days of the transfer window.

Hojbjerg’s Impressive Campaign With Tottenham Hotspur Last Season

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg had a solid 2022/23 season with Tottenham Hotspur. He was a regular starter in the team, and he contributed to both the defensive and offensive aspects of their game. He made 43 appearances in all competitions, scoring 5 goals and providing seven assists.

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Tottenham Hotspur’s Danish midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (2L) and Tottenham Hotspur’s English striker Harry Kane (2R) vie with Manchester United’s Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen (L) and Manchester United’s Brazilian midfielder Casemiro (R) during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, on April 27, 2023. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

The Denmark international was a key part of the team’s midfield department as he averaged 1.6 tackles, 1.4 interceptions, 1.7 clearances, 0.9 shots, 0.9 key passes and 0.9 dribbles per game in the Premier League. He was even accurate while distributing possession after completing 88.6% of his attempted passes in the English top flight (stats via whoscored).

Is He A Decent Fit For Manchester United Boss Erik Ten Hag?

Erik Ten Hag is renowned for his high-pressing, possession-based approach that seeks to dominate the game’s tempo and flow and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s attributes align well with those tactics. Hojbjerg is a dynamic midfielder known for his ability to break up opposition attacks, win duels, and distribute the ball efficiently. His work rate and tenacity in pressing opponents make him a potentially valuable asset in Ten Hag’s system.

Hojbjerg’s experience as a deep-lying playmaker makes him an ideal fit to play alongside Casemiro in the midfield department at Old Trafford. His ball-winning ability and astute passing can serve as a pivot for launching attacks from deeper positions.

Hence, his arrival at Old Trafford would bring more bite and steel to Ten Hag’s midfield and the Dutch tactician has done well to identify him as a potential target. However, the Red Devils might have to pay a substantial transfer fee in order to persuade Spurs into selling him in this transfer window.

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