Erik ten Hag’s entourage are reportedly fuming at the character of his first summer as Manchester United boss. The Dutchman’s camp supposedly feel that he has been let down badly within the transfer market and compelled to placed on a brave face with club hero Cristiano Ronaldo battling to go away behind the scenes.
It didn’t take long for reports to emerge indicating that Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong was made Ten Hag’s top goal after taking control at Old Trafford. The pair previously worked together at Ajax and despite a £72million agreement being in place for weeks, they’ve struggled to haul the deal over the road.
The brand new boss can be being forced to scour the transfer market for brand spanking new attacking players after Cristiano Ronaldo asked to go away the Red Devils last month. Ten Hag publicly maintains that his chats with the Portuguese have been positive, but talks to try to change Ronaldo’s mind over the past few weeks have supposedly failed to alter his mind.
In line with The Mirror, Ten Hag’s advisors are furious at the way in which his first summer on the club has unfolded. The 52-year-old is believed to have handed transfer chief John Murtough a five-man wish list, but only three recent faces are within the squad with lower than three weeks left within the window.
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Lisandro Martinez, Christian Eriksen and Tyrell Malacia were signed from Ajax, Brentford and Feyenoord respectively but not one of the trio could make a telling impact against Brighton on the opening weekend, because the Red Devils stuttered to a humiliating 2-1 defeat.
A number of players left Old Trafford at the tip of last season including Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata and Edinson Cavani. That shed an enormous chunk of the wage bill, but Ten Hag continues to be waiting for his marquee midfield signing.
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Rangy Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic stays one in every of the club’s realistic striker targets, although former United boss Ralf Rangnick has subtly advised the 6ft 7in star against moving to Old Trafford.
“It will be significant that Sasa stays injury-free this season and trains and plays at the best possible level,” he told Sky Austria. “If he stays in Stuttgart this season, it would not be an obstacle for his development.”