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Erik ten Hag is listening to Roy Keane’s Manchester United demands last season



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Erik ten Hag is aiming to improve several positions in his Manchester United side after Roy Keane demanded for two upgrades last season.

The Reds ended the Premier League campaign in third place, ensuring Champions League qualification for next season, but failed to stop Manchester City in the FA Cup final.

A 2-1 loss at Wembley led to United’s rivals completing the treble, equalling the greatest achievement by an English club; Manchester United in 1999.

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Following that game, Roy Keane called for the club to make big upgrades in two positions in order to improve as a team.

David de Gea was criticised for his performance in that final and United were without a natural centre-forward, with Anthony Martial injured and Wout Weghorst left on the bench.

“They need a world-class striker and a goalkeeper, and other players for strength in depth too,” Keane explained during his post-match duties on ITV.

“I am sick of saying it. A top goalkeeper saves that (second goal). They get you over the line in big games and that could have been the difference today.

“They need a world-class goalkeeper and he isn’t. We will keep talking about it. Some of these players aren’t good enough for United. They have to spend the money to get the players United deserve.”

And around a month later, Ten Hag is aiming to improve those exact positions.

In fact, De Gea’s contract has now expired and whilst negotiations continue, it’s unlikely he remains at Old Trafford. United are targeting Andre Onana to replace the Spaniard.

Several reports have explained that Ten Hag wants to get a goalkeeper who is more comfortable with the ball at their feet.

A striker is also being targeted, however, the personnel that United end up signing is still up in the air. Harry Kane was the primary target but Tottenham Hotspur are unwilling to sell the forward.

Rasmus Hojlund looks most likely to be the signing up front as United struggle with a limited budget.