Erik ten Hag hints at worrying Man Utd transfer plan that disagrees with Ralf Rangnick view

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The new Manchester United manager said he wants to work with the squad and improve the current group of players.

Erik ten Hag hinted at a worrying update on Manchester United’s transfer policy this summer, when he addressed the media on Monday.

The Dutchman was unveiled as the Red Devils’ new boss following the end of the 2021/22 season, a term in which United accumulated their lowest points tally ever in a Premier League campaign and ultimately finished sixth.

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It’s perhaps why Ten Hag’s introduction to the media was arranged for the Monday after the season culminated, but nevertheless he made a good first impression in his maiden press conference as United manager, and spoke about a wide range of topics, including Harry Maguire’s role as captain and his plans for Cristiano Ronaldo next season.

Erik ten Hag addressed the media on Monday afternoon. Credit: Getty.Erik ten Hag addressed the media on Monday afternoon. Credit: Getty.
Erik ten Hag addressed the media on Monday afternoon. Credit: Getty. | Manchester United via Getty Imag

But one subject which fans are keenly interested in is United’s transfer policy, with a big turnover expected of the playing squad this summer.

Ralf Rangnick claimed in April that United could need up to 10 new signings, with a significant number of the current first-team squad expected to make way for new arrivals.

But Ten Hag hinted on Monday that might not be the case and seemed to imply his role will involve working with many of the current group to see if he could ‘get more’ from them.

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Ralf Rangnick bowed out with a 1-0 loss to Crytsal Palace at the weekend. Credit: Getty.Ralf Rangnick bowed out with a 1-0 loss to Crytsal Palace at the weekend. Credit: Getty.
Ralf Rangnick bowed out with a 1-0 loss to Crytsal Palace at the weekend. Credit: Getty. | AFP via Getty Images

Asked about Rangnick’s comments, Ten Hag replied: “I am still in the process of analysing, setting conclusions. I am looking forward to working with these players.

“The season before, this squad were second in the league. We have huge potential and I think if we improve and work with them, I think we can get out more.”

When will Ten Hag meet the squad?

The incumbent United boss did admit recruitment will be an ‘important part’ of his immediate plans, and said he now must assess which players should stay or be sold.

“I analyse and we are starting the process,” the 52-year-old explained to reporters. “Before the season starts we now have a couple of weeks’ break.

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“I will analyse and observe and set conclusions. But I keep them now for myself. We are in the previous season and have to go to the new season.”

Asked when he will meet up with the squad in full, Ten Hag revealed he won’t see the majority of the first team for another six weeks or so.

“I don’t speak with the players now,” he explained. “They need a break to reflect. But I am looking forward, I cannot wait.

“But I will speak to some players at the end of June and the majority at the beginning of July.”

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