LUKE SHAW will be kept waiting on a fresh £180,000-a-week Old Trafford contract until his new manager has given the thumbs up.
Instead United insiders insist the club will trigger their 12-month option to keep the left back until 2024.
And that will give ten Hag the time to make an informed decision on whether the defender can be a part of his longer term plans.
Shaw has had a stop-start Old Trafford career ever since his £32million signing from Southampton in 2014.
Sparkling spells have been offset by serious injuries and a battle to win over former boss Jose Mourinho.
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And although he was back to his best last season, Ten Hag wants to assess him properly before committing to a long-term decision.
United hold a similar view on Brazil midfielder Fred, 29, although they would be more willing to listen to offers this summer at the right price.
Ten Hag is set to bring former Sir Alex Ferguson No 2 Steve McClaren back to Old Trafford.
As SunSport reported earlier this week, ex-England boss McClaren joined incoming the Red Devils boss and his assistant Mitchell van der Gaag who is following him to Old Trafford.
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They met in Amsterdam with United’s Director of Football John Murtough less than 24 hours after Ten Hag had clinched the Dutch title with Ajax.
McClaren, 61, was Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant from 1999 to 2001 before going on to manage Middlesbrough.
His presence at such a meeting is the clearest indication yet that he is going to be involved in the new management set-up at the club.
The group got together to identify which players they wanted to bring in this summer.