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Erik ten Hag claims Man United cannot compete if they continue to lose ‘outstanding’ players – Man United News And Transfer News

Erik ten Hag has claimed that it is impossible for Manchester United to compete for titles while they continue to lose their best players.

United have struggled this season as they sit sixth in the Premier League, but have Newcastle United and Chelsea on their necks with four tough games remaining in the league season.

Ten Hag’s men have successfully booked their place in the FA Cup final later this month against Manchester City, but even winning the famous trophy will not hide what has been a disappointing season.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the Dutch manager was asked why he felt his team had lost out on many transfer targets, including Frenkie de Jong.

Although he did not directly mention De Jong’s name, he stated: “It is always difficult to say about ten years, it would be good to investigate. I think this club can only have outstanding players. That’s the truth because expectations are very high. United are the biggest club or maybe the second or third biggest in the world. “Everyone has an opinion about Manchester United.”

The Dutchman went on to state that any player who comes to the club needs to have outstanding physical and mental qualities to be a success and if these types of players do not arrive, the club will always fail to meet expectations.

“Obviously, in the last decade we haven’t always gotten the players we wanted. Then you have to build and you have to accept that you get talents instead of players who have already proven it.”

The former Ajax coach then suggested that while the club is very happy with Rasmus Hojlund’s efforts this season, he is an example of that type of solution.

“I see a forward, who has already shown it, that we wanted to sign but we couldn’t get it. So I went with Rasmus.”

Neville then asked if he was referring to Harry Kane and he replied: “Harry Kane, you know you get 30 goals. Rasmus will get there but he needs time. It is not fair to evaluate him in the same way as Kane.”

With some candor, the questioned coach stated that while the club cannot attract talents like Kane, they will never achieve what the world expects of them.

Regarding settling for talent instead of already trained players, he stated that “it has a negative impact on the team and that is what we have to accept. “The fans and opinion makers don’t want to understand, they only see the results, but we need time.”

Ten Hag has already claimed that fans don’t quite get it, having recently criticized Old Trafford fans for booing his decision to take Kobbie Mainoo off the pitch against Burnley last Saturday.

He went on to say that “we must accept that the process is going slower and we cannot expect to immediately compete for titles such as the Premier League and the Champions League.”

While the Dutchman’s argument has some logic, it seems strange that he criticizes the policy of hiring talent instead of already formed stars when Sir Jim Ratcliffe, his new boss, has already declared that the new regime will look to sign and come. talents rather than finished products like Kylian Mbappé.


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