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Erik ten Hag discusses his transfer ambitions for Manchester United following FFP issues

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Erik ten Hag claims that Manchester United won’t be able to make any moves in the January transfer window to close the “gap” in attack caused by Anthony Martial’s prolonged absence due to financial fair play regulations.

All things considered, this has been a quiet month for the Red Devils, who have prioritized cutting down on the team instead of building it.

Among those who have left on loan are Jadon Sancho, Donny van de Beek, and Hannibal Mejbri. United has always been expected to make few or no additions.
The Premier League’s profit and sustainability regulations are unlikely to alter anything, even if Martial has been sidelined until April following surgery for a groin injury.

“I looked but there is no space,” United boss Ten Hag said. “No space on FFP to do something about this lack of quantity in the striker position.

“Of course, we have (Marcus) Rashford who can play as a striker, I think also we have some other alternatives, creative.

“It’s clear now Anthony is out for a couple of months. It’s a gap in our squad. Clear.”

  • Ins: None
  • Outs: Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund, loan), Donny van de Beek (Eintracht Frankfurt, loan), Hannibal Mejbri (Sevilla, loan), Joe Hugill (Burton, loan), Alvaro Fernandez (Benfica, loan), Maxi Oyedele (Forest Green, loan), Mateo Mejia (Sevilla, undisclosed), Rhys Bennett (Stockport, loan), Dan Gore (Port Vale, loan), Radek Vitek (Accrington, loan)

For the first time in two weeks, Ten Hag was addressing the media; during that time, United made headlines when they lured Omar Berrada away from rival Manchester City to become their new CEO.

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As British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe gets ready to take over as a minority owner and manage football operations at United, where there’s a renewed push to enhance everything, Ineos spearheaded the move.

“It gives spirit in this whole club,” Ten Hag said of the impact felt even before Ratcliffe’s deal is given the green light.

“We started with this one-and-a-half-years ago, but I’m sure Ineos and me are very aligned on this.

“We understand we have to change, and we started that process last season with the dressing room.

“But also many departments so I am very happy that I get support.

“That also other departments has to raise the standards, to collaborate more and Ineos can have a big impact on that.”

While the long-term outlook appears more promising, United’s current focus is on preserving their FA Cup aspirations in a fourth-round match against Newport.

This season, Altay Bayindir, a summer acquisition, will make his goalie debut on Sunday in the only competition the Red Devils can win.

“Yeah, he will be in the goal,” Ten Hag said of the former Fenerbahce goalkeeper.

“I think it’s clear what we can expect from him. He waited for his chances but he is experienced.

“He played in a big club in Turkey under big pressure, so he knows how to deal with it.

“We were all very convinced when we brought him into this club. It’s not a decision from one man.

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“We’re looking forward to Sunday. Altay, very motivated of course and he can’t wait for this moment.”

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