Erik ten Hag admits Manchester United need a new striker but is cautious of “burning money”
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has admitted that the club need to sign a new striker, but he is cautious about “burning money” on a new player.
Cristiano Ronaldo recently departed the club just before the start of the 2022 World Cup. As a result of the 37-year-old’s departure, the Dutch manager’s options in the number nine position have been reduced.
Speaking to the media via transfer guru Fabrizio Romano on Twitter, Ten Hag acknowledged the need for attacking reinforcements at the Old Trafford side. However, the Dutch manager does not want to waste resources on a panic buy.
“There will be many games to follow, so I think there is a need for a new striker.
“We need one who can have an impact, otherwise you are just burning money and you don’t strengthen the squad.”
At the moment, Anthony Martial is the only natural striker in the Red Devils’ squad. Unfortunately, the France international has not been reliable in terms of his injury record this season. Thankfully, the 27-year-old has started in our last three fixtures after the World Cup.
Overall, the former AS Monaco star has had a big impact on the current campaign. He has made 10 appearances in all competitions, scoring five goals and providing two assists.
Marcus Rashford has also been performing well this term. The 25-year-old has admirably led the line on several occasions under Ten Hag. After struggling last season, the England international has found his feet after the arrival of the former Ajax head coach.
The United academy graduate is currently the club’s leading goalscorer. He has found the back of the net 11 times in 22 appearances in all competitions.
Ten Hag also has the likes of Antony, Jadon Sancho, Alejandro Garnacho and Anthony Elanga at his disposal. However, none of them is an out-and-out striker.
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Therefore, the gaffer is right in wanting to reinforce the Red Devils’ attack. However, he is also wise in not wanting to spend a considerable fee on a player who does not fit the club’s plans.