Man United keeping tabs with 20-year-old Eredivisie centre-forward

Brian Brobbey admits he would like to play for Man United one day, despite turning down an approach from Erik ten Hag to join him at Theatre of Dreams this summer. U21 Netherlands international was good at Ajax in the second half of last campaign, scoring seven goals in only 11 league games while on loan from RB Leipzig.

Eredivisie giants, who had sold Brian to the German club in the first place, re-signed him this summer but faced competition from Man United. Brobbey said that his ex-coach had been in touch, but he preferred to continue his development at the Dutch club for the coming campaign.

The 20-year-old centre-forward may well be hoping that the Dutch coach comes calling again in the future with an offer to bring him to Theatre of Dreams, joining former teammates Antony and Lisandro Martinez in Man United.

‘Erik sent me a message, yes,’ said the Dutch centre-forward. ‘To congratulate me, and to tell me that he would like to have me in Manchester. But I’m not finished at Ajax yet, I want to show something here first.’

The Dutchman has begun the campaign at Eredivisie giants with two goals in five games, with the Dutch champions getting their European campaign underway on Wednesday evening when they host Rangers in the UCL.

Brian Brobbey had hinted at wanting a switch to Man United before when it was first announced that Erik ten Hag would be leaving Ajax, but insisted he was joking at the time.