Erik ten Hag.

Ten Hag confirms transfer market search

Monday 11 July 2022 11:30

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has confirmed the areas he is still looking to strengthen, ahead of the first game of his reign, against Liverpool on Tuesday.

The Reds take on the Merseysiders at 14:00 BST in Bangkok, live on MUTV, providing a first glimpse of life under the new boss.

A 31-man squad has travelled to Thailand to open Tour 2022 and there should be an opportunity for Ten Hag to take a look at most of his players at the Rajamangala Stadium.

However, the new manager was also quizzed on the transfer market during Monday's pre-match press conference.

As is the case every close season, there has been intense speculation in the media about incoming transfers, with Tyrell Malacia unveiled as the first capture of the new era and taking his place on the flight to Asia.

"At my first press conference, I said already that definitely we are searching for players in the midfield and I think that we have a need," said Ten Hag.

"But also, in offence, we are still looking for players. We want to have the right players. We have a really good squad. We are working to develop our way of playing. If the opportunity is there [to sign players], then we will strike.”

When pressed specifically on one of the midfielders heavily linked with the club, in Frenkie de Jong of Barcelona, Erik replied: "I never talk about players who are not under contract at Manchester United, players from different clubs. 

"So I cannot tell you anything about this issue."

What the manager would share was that he knows he needs a strong squad for the challenges ahead, at home and in Europe, particularly with the fixture list being affected by the winter World Cup in Qatar.

"It's going to be a long season but also a season that is quite an unusual season, due to the World Cup," he added. "So you need to be prepared for this. You need, I think, more players than in a normal season."

Ten Hag's press conference | United v Liverpool Video

Ten Hag's press conference | United v Liverpool

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