Rashford decision, Guehi move and Neves chance - Man United summer transfers predicted by AI

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford celebrates.
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Manchester United continue to put the building blocks in place as they look to improve on last season's Premier League performance.

Despite winning the FA Cup, which secured Europa League football for the upcoming campaign, Erik ten Hag's side suffered their worst top-flight performance since 1990 as they finished eighth. The Dutchman will remain in position at Old Trafford while work is ongoing restructuring his backroom staff.

Go Ahead Eagles manager Rene Hake is set to join the coaching staff, the MEN understand. Iconic striker Ruud van Nistelrooy is also weighing up the possibility of returning to the Theatre of Dreams in a coaching capacity.

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Over the coming weeks, United will welcome back their stars but they will be hoping to bolster the squad before pre-season gets into full swing. The club could be busy in the transfer window and while fans continue to pick the bones of the daily transfer rumours, AI has had its say too. OLBG has used the tool to predict how the coming months will transpire in the Premier League and it has come up with some juicy deals.

Artificial intelligence has broken up the criteria into three different sections; 'key areas to strengthen', 'transfer strategy' and 'type of players'. The technology has dissected the strategy into different points such as focus on proven talent, financial prudence and squad balance. Meanwhile, technological ability, tactical intelligence, physical attributes, character and leadership are the four level of criteria for the type of players the club have been predicted to target.

A dynamic box-to-box midfielder has been billed as an option for United this summer. In real terms, the likes of Benfica starlet Joao Neves have been mooted plus recent reports of interest in Paris Saint-Germain's Manuel Ugarte and artificial intelligence have highlighted Neves, as well as Bayer Leverkusen's Exequiel Palacios.

The pair have been described as ideal options who can 'offer control and energy in midfield'. Further back, United's injury problems last season plagued selection for Ten Hag as their defensive structure was decimated.

Raphael Varane, who was among the casualties, will officially be a free agent in the coming days and cover has been outlined as a key area by AI. Reports gather momentum surrounding Bayern Munich defender Matthijs de Ligt but the intelligence has suggested that a commanding ball-playing centre-back such as Marc Guehi or Ronald Araujo would be good options.

AI has outlined the focus on proven talent and shrewdness in the transfer window as part of the strategy. This summer is the first window since Sir Jim Ratcliffe's minority stake in the club was ratified and with the ongoing Profit and Sustainability concerns around the Premier League, the club will have to be mindful - it adds.

Attacking-wise, support for Rasmus Hojlund and Marcus Rashford has been billed as a possibility from the technology. Both Rashford and last summer's big-money signing struggled in important parts of the campaign for the club and a 'consistent goalscorer to alleviate pressure' on the England international has led to Joshua Zirkzee of Bologna and in-demand Lille forward Jonathan David touted.

Ten Hag will be hoping for an improved season this year and their dealings in the transfer window will go a long way to ensuring that their ambitions are met. There is a big task on the hands of the Dutchman and the Old Trafford chiefs to right the wrongs of the previous transfer failures which have, in turn, caused significant financial losses.