Erik ten Hag isn’t panicking about a lack of Man Utd signings and expects signings


Erik ten Hag insists there is no reason to worry about Manchester United’s lack of new faces, even as time flies in the transfer market and key targets are yet to be signed.

United had another turbulent week in the window. You might be guessing France midfielder Adrien Rabiot, but will have heard former player Lou Macari criticize the potential signing on home broadcaster MUTV on Friday, arguing the 27-year-old is not good enough.

This comes after a report that United’s board are unwilling to back Ten Hag’s desire to sign Hakim Ziyech from Chelsea, while a move for veteran striker Marko Arnautovic has been abandoned following criticism from fans.

Christian Eriksen, one of three signings at United so far, meets his former club Brentford (Dave Thompson/PA) on Saturday.

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Three months of pursuing Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong has yet to bear fruit and although Lisandro Martinez, Tyrell Malacia and Christian Eriksen have all arrived, frustration is growing among fans with less than three weeks to go before the window closes on September 1st.

“When Manchester United don’t perform, don’t win, that’s normal,” said Ten Hag when asked if concerns were shared on fan forums within United.

“I would have more panic if there wasn’t panic because we have to win. That’s the requirement. Still, I would say panic isn’t the right word. It’s more like, “Come on, we’ve got to act.” We have to think smart and do the right things.”

United still have time but they have been slow to act this summer as three and a half months have passed since Ten Hag’s appointment was announced.

The possible signing of Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot was criticized by Lou Macari on Friday (Adam Davy/PA)

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“Once again I would prefer (if) we could start the process earlier, that’s pretty clear, but at the end of the day the season is long and you have to use the right players,” he added.

“It’s really complicated, but I think we’re very happy with what we’ve achieved so far.”

The Dutchman also expressed confidence that by the time the window closed he would have the squad he needed, saying: “We have to. I am convinced that we will have that.”

Ten Hag admits United stay tight in midfield and attack. Traveling to Brentford on Saturday, Anthony Martial is out injured and wondering if Cristiano Ronaldo is fit enough to start after coming on as a second-half substitute in last Sunday’s 2-1 defeat by Brighton.

“In the midfield and attacking departments, you saw that we have a problem when we have an injury,” said Ten Hag. “That is clear.”

United cannot afford to lose any more attacking players and Ten Hag has criticized the idea that Ronaldo was looking to leave the club due to a lack of Champions League football this season.

Cristiano Ronaldo came off the bench in last week’s home loss to Brighton (Ian Hodgson/PA).

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“That’s your guess,” he said. “That’s not what he tells me…

“We’re planning with him for this season and we’re happy with him and we need to build him into the team so he has to come at the right level of fitness to do the job we expect him to do.”

There were also reports this week linking academy product Marcus Rashford with an exit after reports in France said his representatives spoke to Paris St Germain. Ten Hag moved to quell transfer speculation about the 24-year-old.

“(I haven’t spoken to him yet), but he knows I love him, he knows I want him to be here, so I’ll tell him that again,” Ten Hag said.

“In the short time I’ve been here, he’s already shown what he’s capable of in preparation. Also in the past week he was twice in a position where he could score. The team, also with his contribution, he was in the right place at the right moment and I know and trust that he will be able to cope in the future. Erik ten Hag isn’t panicking about a lack of Man Utd signings and expects signings

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