Erik ten Hag has shared his thoughts on Cody Gakpo’s transfer and reveɑled the reason for Luke Shaw to play central defender while Harry Maguire is on the bench.
Man United have been chasing Gakpo for a long time. However, in the summer, they decided to spend money on Antony and save Gakpo for the winter. But Liverpool sᴜddenly jumped in and robbed PSV players when they agreed to spend £ 37 million.
When asked about the fɑct that MU did not sign Gakpo, Ten Hag said: “I am not talking about individual cases. We are looking for a striker, it will be good when there are many matches to come. We want to stay in all the leagues we’re playing in and need to have a thick enough force.”
“We keep a close eye on every move in the transfer market but it has to be in line with sporting and financial criteria.”
According to the Daily Mail, Man United will not have much money to spend in the January transfer window. This will make them look carefully in finding a replacement for Ronaldo.
In January 2020, the Red Devils signed Odion Ighalo on a temporary deal from Shanghai Shenhua. And they may be looking for a similar loan signing in January.
In the match against Nottingham, Ten Hag was forced to let Luke Shaw play at centre-back due to Lindelof’s illness and Lisandro Martinez’s lack of squad. Captain Maguire is not in the best shape when he has only had one training session since England were eliminated from the World Cup. In addition, the Manchester Evening News reports that the 29-year-old has also been infected with the flu virᴜs.
That change gave Tyrell Malacia the opportunity to start at left-back, with Raphael Varane and Aaron Wan-Bissaka also named in defence.
Initially, fans were baffled by the decision, as Maguire enjoyed a positive World Cup despite a poor start to the season at club level.
But Ten Hag explained before the game: “We have many players sick this week. Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Scott McTominay. Harry has come through, recovered but he is not fit enough to start. That’s why he’s on the bench.”
Manchester United will offer a new long-term contract Marcus Rashford
Marcus Rashford has scored in five consecutive games and has more goals than last season.
Manchester United is expected to offer English forward Marcus Rashford a new long-term contract. The player’s current contract runs until 2024, but the club wants to extend it because they value Marcus Rashford highly. The club sees Marcus Rashford as their future legend and wants him to stay for a long time.
Last summer and a few months ago, it was reported that the English forward (Marcus Rashford) would leave Manchester United because he is dissatisfied with his current situation. But, with the arrival of new manager Erik ten Hag, the situation has completely changed. According to Fabrizio Romano, Erik ten Hag is obsessed with the player.
Erik ten Hag thinks Marcus Rashford will score 20 goals or more this season. He has also been used as a striker by the manager.
“Contract has been extended until June 2024 but Manchester United will meet his agents to offer new long term deal soon. Ten Hag is ‘obsessed’ with MR (Marcus Rashford) as a key part of the project,” Fabrizio Romano tweeted on Tuesday night.
Marcus scored and assisted against Nottingham Forest in the final game of the 2022 season at Old Trafford.