Ten Hag fears Man Utd will be ‘exploited’ as Glazers told of concerns

Ten Hag expresses disappointment as Man Utd lose at Brighton

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag is reportedly urging the Glazers to accelerate the sale of the club so that he can prepare for the summer transfer window. The former Ajax boss has spoken openly that there is no clarity about the size of his budget and he is now fearful of the implications of extended negotiations and that he may miss out on his top targets as a result.

The Red Devils currently sit in fourth place in the Premier League and their success in the Carabao Cup and an upcoming FA Cup final indicate that it has been a successful first campaign for Ten Hag at Old Trafford.

The summer signings of Lisandro Martinez and Casemiro have been catalysts for the improvement seen from United, and further spending is on the horizon as Ten Hag looks to bolster his ranks and add further quality in all areas of the pitch.

But the Dutchman is unsure how he is going to go about his business at this stage, with United’s takeover proving to be a cause for concern for the 53-year-old. According to The Mirror, Ten Hag is now pushing for the Glazer family to ‘speed up’ their sale of the club, following a recent third round of bidding, and his frustration is being passed on to the American owners.

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The manager is said to be keen to ‘safeguard’ what has been a commendable debut campaign in England and is now ‘deeply worried’ that the momentum he has built will be lost as the Glazers continue to weigh up whether to shake hands on a takeover.

Ten Hag is desperate to sign a marquee striker when the campaign concludes, with Tottenham star Harry Kane and Napoli forward Victor Osimhen both regarded as top targets at the Theatre of Dreams. However, the manager is concerned that other clubs will pounce to ‘exploit’ the situation and sign the aforementioned duo, among other admired stars knowing that United are still in limbo, with Chelsea and Bayern Munich linked with both.

Asked earlier this week if he had been told that he would have the funds to sign who he required this summer, Ten Hag said: “No I don’t have. I don’t have influence on that also, I don’t know. So the only thing that I know is that Manchester United is one of the biggest clubs and it is among two to three of the biggest clubs in the world from a fanbase perspective.

“I think this club has to compete for the highest [honours] in the world: Champions League and Premier League. But for that, you need funds, to construct squads because, at the end of the day, the levels from your players dictate whether you are a success or not.”

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