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Man United will not ‘burn cash’ in striker search

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Erik ten Hag has mentioned Manchester United want so as to add a striker to their squad through the January switch window, however added he will not “burn cash” by signing the improper participant.

United face Bournemouth at dwelling on Tuesday having climbed into the highest 4 on the weekend regardless of having the bottom strike fee within the prime six with simply 24 objectives from 16 video games to this point this season. With solely 12 objectives from seven video games at Outdated Trafford, no membership within the prime 10 has scored fewer occasions at dwelling than United.

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United cancelled the contract of Cristiano Ronaldo, final season’s 24-goal prime scorer, earlier than the World Cup and Ten Hag mentioned he’s involved concerning the lack of objective risk in his workforce, with Marcus Rashford the main scorer on six Premier League objectives.

However having missed out on PSV Eindhoven ahead Cody Gakpo to Liverpool, partly because of an absence of funds at Outdated Trafford, Ten Hag insisted United will proceed to search for the precise striker, with the caveat that he should supply on the spot worth for cash.

“I feel we’ve a great workforce when all of the gamers can be found, however with many video games arising, I feel there’s a want [for a new striker],” Ten Hag mentioned. “However you want one who can have an effect, in any other case you’re simply burning cash and you do not strengthen the squad. It does not assist you to.”

With England winger Jadon Sancho not being thought of for choice proper now whereas he completes a person coaching programme to be able to return to full health, United lack depth in attacking areas.

Consequently, Ten Hag says he is not going to take into account permitting any of his forwards to depart on mortgage this month, together with Anthony Elanga, who’s of curiosity to Everton.

“I do know we’ve good gamers and I do know a variety of golf equipment could have an curiosity in gamers who aren’t taking part in for us so usually,” Ten Hag mentioned. “However we’d like the squad. We want depth within the squad and particularly, I’d say, the entrance line.”

Regardless of United’s want for better firepower, Ten Hag mentioned he’s reluctant to chop quick Amad Diallo’s season-long mortgage spell with Championship membership Sunderland.

Diallo, a £37 million signing from Atalanta in January 2021, has scored six objectives in 19 appearances for Sunderland this season, however after a troublesome mortgage spell in Scotland with Rangers final season, Ten Hag mentioned he’s cautious of interrupting the 20-year-old’s progress on the Stadium of Gentle.

“We take into account the whole lot, however I’ve somewhat little bit of reservation about that [recaling Diallo] as a result of I do not wish to cease the method,” Ten Hag mentioned. “He has made actually good progress there so I am proud of that.

“However younger gamers want experiences and after we resolve for him to return again, he needs to be a participant who can compete for the beginning XI or minimal to return on for lots of video games and make an impression.

“I see and worth and his potential and capabilities. What I noticed is that he wants expertise in males’s soccer, senior soccer.

“I feel there are numerous facets of soccer to get robust bodily and mentally, and likewise abilities sensible to enhance and develop that so he can have worth for us.”

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