With Manchester United up for sale, it was surprising to hear Erik ten Hag refuse to rule out more January signings. The Glazers are preparing to welcome investors and Sir Jim Ratcliffe announced this week that he, along with INEOS, will be making an offer to the American family.
For now, at least, we’re stuck with the Glazers.
For 17-years they have used the club as a commercial cash cow, firing several managers since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013, and the latest appointment is trying to work with what he has available to him.
Ten Hag has made one signing thus far in January. Wout Weghorst arrived last week on loan from Championship side Burnley. He spent the first half of the season in Turkey at Besiktas and became a big hit with the fans.
However, it was always clear that United were in the market for a striker on loan this month. Multiple reports claim a permanent option will be addressed in the summer which only stresses the point I made above about the Glazers preparing to cash in.
At Friday’s press conference, Ten Hag reassured fans that should right opportunity present itself, United will look to bring in more platers before the winter window closes at the end of the month.
“I think at Manchester United always you have to look for solutions, and always you have to look for better, and that is what we will do,” Ten Hag said, as per the yahoo Sports.
“We will be doing our research and if there are opportunities, we have to go for it.”
Ten Hag was speaking to reporters ahead of United’s Premier League clash with Arsenal on Sunday at 16:30pm (GMT).
With each training session and competitive match, Ten Hag is learning more about the players in inherited at the start of the season. At the start of January he probably wanted a back-up right back, but now Aaron Wan-Bissaka has impressed to a point he can be considered a good enough candidate for the role.
It has to be the right player for United, which I think Weghorst is a perfection example, for the short-term.
I would be surprised if we saw any new additions before the transfer window shuts, despite Ten Hag coming across rather optimistic about the prospect of adding to his squad again in January.