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Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag can have a possibility to raid more of his old club’s assets after Ajax teenager Amourricho van Axel Dongen spoke a few possible reunion along with his former boss. The Red Devils can have already strained their relationship with the Amsterdam side by nabbing each Lisandro Martinez and Antony in the identical summer. 

Ten Hag’s substitute at Ajax, Alfred Schreuder, publicly called on the Dutch side to stop selling their top talent during a summer window that saw them lose various stars. United pushed on regardless, nonetheless, following up a bumper deal for Martinez with an eye-watering swoop for Antony, who scored on his debut against Arsenal. 

The one consolation for Ajax is that their hefty asking prices were met for each players as United reportedly shelled out £57million for Martinez and £84m for Antony. Ajax stars past and present in Christian Eriksen, Frenkie de Jong and Jurrien Timber were all either signed or chased throughout the summer with Ten Hag clearly attempting to capitalise on his expertise in Dutch football. 

He could rub salt into his former side’s wounds in January with highly-rated teen Van Axel Dongen openly discussing the potential of ‘crossing paths’ in the longer term. 

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Van Axel Dongen still spends the majority of his time with Ajax’s reserve side but he was handed his senior debut by Ten Hag last campaign, appearing once within the Eredivisie and twice within the KNVB Cup. Still just 17 years old, the winger has loads of growing room and his former manager is bound to maintain an in depth eye on his progress with lower than a yr to run on the Dutchman’s contract. 

United looked to have steadied the ship after a torrid start under Ten Hag saw them defeated by Brighton and Brentford. 4 consecutive victories shot them as much as fifth within the Premier League table but a rather weakened side was beaten at Old Trafford by Real Sociedad on Thursday, getting their Europa League campaign off to the worst possible start. 

Sociedad star David Silva took the chance to rub salt in the injuries and endear himself even further to fans of his former club, Manchester City, with a pointed social media swipe after the ultimate whistle. 

“Once more” he wrote on Instagram beside an image of him in full flow at Old Trafford, followed by a blue love heart emoji. Meanwhile, the club themselves posted a video of Silva leaving Old Trafford, captioned: “Manchester is blue and white.”

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