• Tuesday, 21 May 2024
Manchester United: Erik ten Hag optimistic over 'quality' signings this summer

Manchester United: Erik ten Hag optimistic over 'quality' signings this summer

Manchester United can attract "quality players" this summer despite uncertainty over the club's ownership, says manager Erik ten Hag.

He said it was difficult to convince players to move to Old Trafford after he took charge at the end of last season.


"I see a big difference in comparison with last year," Ten Hag said.

"Now many players see the project, what's going on, the dynamic and the ambition."

Last summer midfielder Casemiro joined from Real Madrid for £70m and United also signed midfielder Christian Eriksen, forward Antony and defenders Lisandro Martinez and Tyrell Malacia during the summer transfer window.

Netherlands forward Cody Gakpo was heavily linked with a move from PSV Eindhoven in December before moving to Liverpool.

Ten Hag said: "There were a lot of reservations last year, a lot of doubts when we approached players. This year many quality players really want to come."

Qatari banker Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani and Sir Jim Ratcliffe's Ineos Group, who have submitted bids for United, are the two main parties looking to take control.

United's owners, the Glazer family, have yet to name a preferred bidder.

United need 'courage' for season run-in

United, who won the Carabao Cup in February, face Manchester City in the FA Cup final on 3 June.

They are fourth in the Premier League - which would secure Champions League football next season - with four games left, although Liverpool are only a point behind with three matches remaining.

Ten Hag said: "We can take confidence and take belief because we have proven we've beaten the best teams in the world."It's a test of courage if we can do it because we are in the right position and now we have to finish it.

"It's a high demand, so it needs high standards. The players and me need to take responsibility for it."

De Gea uncertainty not behind form - Ten Hag

Goalkeeper David de Gea is in talks over a new contract, although there have been reports that he may not be first choice next season.

The 32-year-old has been criticised this season, most recently after his error proved decisive in the 1-0 league defeat by West Ham last weekend.

Ten Hag said uncertainty over De Gea's future was not behind his loss of form.

"Every top football player, there's a high demand," Ten Hag said. "You have to accept it, deal with it, and the demand is you have to perform."I don't think that's a reason because David is so experienced. I can think about a thousand and one reasons but I don't think that's the reason."


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