Erik ten Hag’s new adventure at Manchester United got off to a bad start. Beaten on the first day of the Premier League at Old Trafford by Brighton (2-1), the Dutch manager is also facing other problems. There is the thorny management of Cristiano Ronaldo, who could well stay despite himself, the case of Marcus Rashford, courted by PSG and whom he does not want to see leave, and more generally the transfer window. During the press conference on Friday, where he put the barbed wire around the English striker, among other things, the Dutchman expressed his dissatisfaction with the transfer window.
The arrivals of Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez are a relief for him but he has long been asking for reinforcements in midfield and in attack. “It was better to bring in players earlier, because then you start the process faster, and now in the midfield and attack sectors, you can see that when we have an injury, we have a problem. It’s clear. It was my preference to have these recruits earlier, but at the end of the day, the season is long and you have to recruit the right players.
Ten Hag calls for reinforcements
According to him, Manchester United are on the right track, a few hours away from facing Brentford on their lawn (6:30 p.m. this Saturday, 2nd day of the Premier League). “It’s really complicated but I think we’re really happy with what we’ve done so far. I think that was the highlight of last week and the week before Tyrell Malacia did very well, Christian Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez had a game against Brighton. We are very happy”supports the coach whose arrivals, for example, of Nunez at Liverpool, Haaland at City and Sterling at Chelsea worries him.
His club is not sufficiently strengthened, while Benjamin Sesko of RB Salzburg preferred to join RB Leipzig rather than the Red Devils. He is now awaiting news of the Adrien Rabiot file. “I don’t know how it was in the past here. But we must set high standards of work and maintain them. And then there is the profile of the players we want to integrate. Of course, character is always an issue. They must (the future reinforcements) be good and fit into the team. Ten Hag puts a first blow of pressure less than three weeks from the end of the transfer window.