Erik Ten Hag Under Pressure as Man Utd Faces £615m Transfer Bill and Seeks to Offload 4 Players

Erik Ten Hag Under Pressure as Man Utd Faces £615m Transfer Bill and Seeks to Offload 4 Players

Manchester United may have to sell some players after financing two expensive transfer windows under Erik ten Hag, despite the expectation that the Dutch coach will deliver championships.

Manchester United have spent close to £400 million since Erik ten Hag took over as manager last season. 

The club plans to finance more new arrivals by selling squad players, but this has proven difficult in recent years. 

United’s staggering net spend of £615 million over a five-year period is the highest in the Premier League by a significant margin, suggesting that selling players for respectable fees will not be as simple as some may believe.

Even their rivals Chelsea and Manchester City, who signed midfielder Moises Caicedo for £115 million and defender Josko Gvardiol for £77 million this summer, were able to counterbalance their eye-popping spending with impressive sales figures.

Arsenal are the highest net spenders in the summer transfer window of 2023, but the Gunners have been thrifty in the past, whereas Manchester United have consistently spent massive amounts of money with little to show for it.

Ten Hag ended the club’s six-year wait for a trophy in March when they won the Carabao Cup, but that alone will not suffice after being granted the freedom to sign his top targets, including Mason Mount and Rasmus Hojlund. 

United must start making money at some stage, and Express Sport examines four players they could sell to generate quick cash.

Harry Maguire

After Ten Hag’s latest snub, it is as obvious as the sun that Maguire needs a new team. In the final minutes of his team’s 1-0 victory over Wolves, the Dutchman substituted Victor Lindelof for Harry Maguire. Maguire was left on the bench.

In addition to starting only eight Premier League games and losing the captaincy last season, the 30-year-old is now fourth in the pecking order at Old Trafford.

At this point in his career, he must be actively participating in order to maintain his position in the England squad. 

His transfer to West Ham for £30 million may have fallen through, but it would benefit both the center-back and his club if they can find a means to part ways this month.

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Harry Maguire’s $30 million transfer to West Ham fell through.

Anthony Martial

With the arrival of Hojlund, the Frenchman’s playing days may be numbered, as Martial failed to reach the starting lineup against Wolves despite being available for selection.

Since his £57 million transfer from Monaco to Manchester United in 2015, he has spent eight years with the club but has never fulfilled his potential.

 United appears to be progressing without him, whether due to his low goal output or his recurring injuries that impede his momentum.

Ten Hag would be pleased to retain him as a reserve after he scored six goals last season, but at age 27, Martial is entering his prime and could benefit from a change of scenery. 

West Ham and Inter Milan have expressed interest, and they would do well to earn £25 million from the transaction at this juncture.

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The Frenchman Anthony Martial could be transferred this summer.

Scott McTominay

The Scotland international must contemplate a move away from Old Trafford after Ten Hag’s business this summer, as West Ham was interested in him before United rejected their offer.

The current order of Casemiro, Mason Mount, Bruno Fernandes, and Christian Eriksen in Ten Hag’s mind is Casemiro, Mason Mount, and Christian Eriksen, and this is unlikely to change. Certainly, if United are interested in signing Sofyan Amrabat, it would make sense to obtain a comparable transfer fee for Scott McTominay.

The central midfielder would be an excellent addition for any Premier League team outside of the top four, and with a rumored £30 million price tag, a bidding war could play into Manchester United’s hands if multiple teams express interest.

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The midfielder, Scott McTominay, is lower on the depth chart.

Brandon Williams

Since receiving a five-year contract from the club in 2019, Williams’ career has stalled after making his debut under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

A loan stint with Norwich exposed the youthful fullback to the dangers of relegation to the Championship, and little has been heard from him since.

The 22-year-old was limited to a single Carabao Cup appearance all of last season and will be sold if a lucrative offer surfaces in the coming weeks.

Erik Ten Hag Under Pressure as Man Utd Faces £615m Transfer Bill and Seeks to Offload 4 Players

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