Erik ten Hag says Manchester United must replace Cristiano Ronaldo with another striker, either in the transfer market or promoting inside.
Ronaldo’s bitter departure from Old Trafford was confirmed on 22 November, leaving Ten Hag with a depleted attacking force to deal with the rest of United’s campaign.
With Alejandro Garnacho, Anthony Elanga and Facuno Pellistri, Ten Hag believes United have players capable of filling the void left by five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo, but reveals he would be open to joining. transfer market, providing the right target is already available.
“Two things,” said Ten Hag. “The impulse can come from our own club, watching Garnacho, watching Elanga, watching Pellistri, who made a good impression at the World Cup and also in training. It was a first.
“Secondly, yes, we know we have lost a striker, so I think we have to bring in a striker, but it has to be the right person.
“The right person is a player that brings quality to the team, not just adds to the squad because that just gives you problems. And, you know, the criteria here are very high here in Manchester. United.”
Ten Hag: Rashford can score 20 goals PL
Another player Ten Hag believes can solve United’s attacking problems is Marcus Rashford.
The England international marked his return from the World Cup with a brilliant solo goal in United’s 2-0 Carabao Cup fourth round win over Burnley, and Ten Hag believes the striker is capable of hitting the 20 mark. goals in the Premier League this season.
“I don’t want to pin myself to one number,” added Ten Hag. “I said from the very beginning that Rashford has the ability to score 20 goals in the Premier League, I am sure of that.
“He’s got four now, but he’s got many more, he’s scored three at the World Cup, so he’s likely to score that number of goals in the Premier League.”
Ten Hag’s confident goals will begin to flow
Rashford is the player with the most goals for MU in the Premier League this season with 4 goals. Overall, Ten Hag’s side have scored 20 goals this season, the least of any team in the top seven currently, but the Dutchman is confident that the goals will start to come in. surname.
“We know we have to score more goals, we have to improve more of our elements in football. We have to be more decisive. You worry when we don’t create chances, but obviously we have to score. more tables.
“When I analyzed the first 20 games, we had a lot of problems in attack, often I didn’t have a choice, or the players weren’t 100% fit and I still had to play with them.
“That’s been a problem in the first 20 games of this season. When we get stronger players in attack, we’ll score more goals.”
Ten Hag: Good is not enough
United ended their 38-day World Cup break when Nottingham Forest traveled to Old Trafford on Monday night.
Asked if the holiday was a time to mark his own performance since taking charge of United, Ten Hag said: “I’m happy, I don’t have to. I leave that to someone else.
“I don’t rate myself. I try my best every day, I try my best. I want to see a better version of myself. That’s what I can promise. I believe in progress. will come.
“You can always do better. When you’re satisfied, it makes you lazy, I don’t want that. For me, good is not enough, we have to do better. That also helps. for the manager.”