“This is the kind of attitude that Ole Gunnar Solksjaer and Ralf Rangnick didn’t have.”
1NEWS – Manager Manchester United, Erik ten Hag would rather develop the players they have than sign the wrong people if the club fails to get a midfielder Barcelona, Frenkie de Jong.
Man United strongly associated with midfielder Barcelona for months, even reports of their interest appeared before Ten Hag was officially appointed as the Red Devils coach in April.
De Jong made a breakthrough at Ajax while working with Ten Haghe played a key role in the team at that time, which was close to reaching the 2018-2019 Champions League final.
He then moved to Barca in 2019, but arguably hasn’t reached the level many had hoped for in his early days following his move to Camp Nou.
Meanwhile, Ten Hag view acquisition De Jong as crucial to the system of play he seeks to carry at Old Trafford, and media reports indicate that the club have agreed a fee with Barca last month.
However, it was also reported that Barca owe millions of euros to De Jong in wages suspended during the pandemic, and Dutch players refuse to leave Barca. Whereas, Blaugrana had to make big sales to ease their financial problems.
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Uncertainty De Jong led some United fans to urge their beloved team to turn their attention to other players, but Ten Hag said that was not an option.
“We want Frenkie? I don’t know,” he told reporters with a smile, Friday (5/8). “We want the right players, but I can’t comment on players who are signed to other clubs.
“When we have news, we will bring it.”
"I'm sure we have a good squad," Erik says.
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He added: “You work with the current squad, you develop the players that are in your current squad. At this moment, the players in that position have been doing very well in pre-season.”
On the other hand, the transfer story De Jong shows no sign of ending, United have brought in promising left-back Tyrell Malacia, versatile Argentine defender Lisandro Martinez and Christian Eriksen to the squad.
Remembering the game United who lacked quality last season and eight first-team players have left, many are expecting The Red Devils should be more active in the transfer window this summer.
Ralf Rangnick, who became caretaker manager in the second half of last season, suggested during his tenure that United’s squad needed 10 new players, but they have not brought in even half that figure.
Besides De Jong, United reportedly interested in signing another striker, right winger and also right-back, but then again Ten Hag insist that panic buying will not be a solution.
Asked if he was frustrated that they hadn’t strengthened all the areas he wanted, Ten Hag said: “It would be a good situation, but I am happy with the current squad, they are making good progress.
“I’m happy with the signings until now. You don’t just need any player, you need the right players. That’s the point, and we work together,” he said.
“If it’s not the right players, no, I’m happy with the current squad,” he replied. “We need the right players,” concluded Ten Hag.
(moch imam sholikin/nz)