Manager Erik ten Hag chose experienced Sergio Reguilon over young Alvaro Fernandez despite the insistence from Manchester United chiefs
Manager Erik ten Hag took a stand against Manchester United’s chiefs by insisting on signing experienced left-back Sergio Reguilon, as reported by The Athletic (via Express). United chiefs put pressure on the manager to give youngster Alvaro Fernandez an opportunity, Ten Hag held his ground.
Fernandez spent the 2022-23 season on loan at Preston North End. The 20-year-old youngster made 42 appearances for the Lilywhites and provided 6 assists.
The Spanish youngster earned the respect and adoration of Preston fans with his superb individual performances. Preston fans awarded Young Player of the Year to Fernandez through the vote.
La Liga side Granada signed Fernandez which will help him continue his development. Playing in one of the top-most leagues in Europe might help him convince Ten Hag that he is ready to play for the Red Devils.
The Dutch manager has not spoken about the reason he insisted on buying an experienced left-back instead of giving Fernandez a chance. The reason that prompted this choice is still open for interpretation.
It’s conceivable that Ten Hag wants to shield Fernandez from the immense pressure of replacing a talent like Luke Shaw. This allows Fernandez to hone his skills away from such expectations and gain valuable experience.
Reguilon arrives at United on a season-long loan from Tottenham Hotspur. He spent the 2022-23 season on loan at Atlético Madrid, featuring in just 12 matches.
Conversely, Ten Hag might view Reguilon as a temporary solution. Once Shaw returns from injury, he will reclaim the primary left-back role. Reguilon can serve as an experienced backup.
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United fans hold hope that Fernandez will develop into a worthy successor to Shaw. It is always a source of joy to witness a youth player evolve into a world-class talent at United.