Erik ten Hag has confirmed two of Manchester United’s transfer plans as they head into the last days of the summer transfer window.
However, the lure of the transfer market is there until Deadline Day passes and the Old Trafford club could certainly do with some more signings.
A midfielder seems priority and Sofyan Amrabat is still waiting for United to come calling but they need to sell more players first. Other than that, the front end of the pitch also seems like a position where The Reds can strengthen.
Despite Rasmus Hojlund being likely to return for next weekend’s game against Arsenal, United will not be able to rely on him throughout the entire campaign. Anthony Martial is also an injury-threat and Marcus Rashford did not seem comfortable as a no.9 in the opening games.
However, Ten Hag is confident that his players are able to cover the positions in the front line well and does not see the club going in for a forward in the last days of the window.
“No,” replied Ten Hag when asked if he thinks United are short in attack. “Because we have when I count, seven front players and we have also coming up young talents, as we have seen in the pre-season, who are getting close.”
“No [a striker in the transfer window is not in our thoughts], because Rasmus will be available from next week on and then we are with Rasmus, with Anthony Martial. We have coverage and also, of course, we have Rashy [Marcus Rashford] as well there. So we have enough players to cover and quality players to cover that position,” the Dutch boss reiterated.
Meanwhile, however, the situation at left-back has caused a rethink. United were not thinking about signing a left-back but injuries to Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia could force their hand. Reports suggest that The Reds are looking for a short-term option and Ten Hag admitted that they could look for the right addition in the position before the end of the window.
“It can be, because we have to anticipate situations,” said Ten Hag. “So if there are opportunities, yes. But it has to be the right player. And otherwise, we have to deal with the current squad. And, as I said before, I know we went through the scenarios before the season with our transfer strategy and if that happened, we have the solution.”
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