By Joe Ellis

30th May, 2022 | 2:59pm

View: Manchester United don't need to splash cash on midfield as James Garner returns

Erik Ten Hag is expected to make wholesale changes at Manchester United this summer as he tries to turn around the sinking ship at Old Trafford.

The Dutchman has just lifted his third Eredivisie title in four years with Ajax for the perfect send-off from Amsterdam and he could bring a distinct Dutch flavour to the North West over the summer.

Barcelona midfielder Frenkie De Jong is one of the biggest names linked with a switch to the Red Devils [Daily Star] and he could be offered astronomical wages to swap the sunny Spanish shores for the much gloomier skies of Manchester.

But the incoming Ten Hag should first look at the talent he already has at Carrington before he goes off to spend hundreds of millions of pounds on an entirely new team.

Especially in midfield, United have a lot more talent than anyone gives them credit for and he could be the boss to finally make it all work together.

We all know about Bruno Fernandes’ star quality and the incredible work ethic of Scott McTominay and Fred has often gone underrated but they will have another midfield maestro returning to the club after a historic season on loan.

James Garner, 21, has just helped Nottingham Forest earn promotion back to the Premier League by playing almost every game under Steve Cooper who guided them from the bottom of the league to a playoff final victory.

His set-piece delivery and calmness on the ball is what United have been crying out for in a deep-lying area and he could be the man to provide it if he is just given the chance to show what he can do.

He’s only been lacking in opportunities for a couple of years now with his loan at the City Ground finally releasing the shackles but he can be encouraged by Hannibal Mejbri’s senior appearances towards the end of the 2021-22 season.

Ten Hag really should do the smart thing here and leave De Jong alone to put his faith in Garner and improve in other areas instead that are much more of a concern to him and United fans.

In other Manchester United news, Mejbri himself could do with taking a chill pill after an explosive start to his senior career.