Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has been chastised for criticizing the club’s board for their lack of expenditure in January. The Dutchman confesses he was frustrated by his inability to make permanent acquisitions in the winter, but Simon Jordan has responded by suggesting he squandered a large portion of his cash last summer.
In Ten Hag’s first transfer window, United committed to spending roughly £220 million. As a result, there were no funds available in January for large arrivals.
Wout Weghorst and Marcel Sabitzer were loaned in by Ten Hag, as was reserve goalkeeper Jack Butland. In the Premier League, United achieved their goal of finishing in the top four and qualifying for the Champions League.
However, in a clear message to the club’s board on Sunday, Ten Hag maintained that this was despite the paucity of January spending. “The club understands that if you want to play top four, if you want to compete for trophies in this tough league, you have to invest, or you will not progress because other clubs will,” he stated. It was visible in the winter.
“Every club around us invested. We didn’t, but we still made it. So I am quite pleased and proud of my team.”
Jordan, on the other hand, has reacted angrily to Ten Hag’s remarks. He believes the 53-year-old should have focused on strengthening the players he already has, such as Antony, who joined from Ajax for about £86 million last August, rather than January targets.
“How about you coach the players like Antony to perform at a certain level so you don’t need to acquire players in the January window to fill the gap of the lack of performance those players are putting in?” Jordan remarked on talkSPORT. How about incorporating that into the equation?
“All right, Ten Hag. In August, you should have spent £170 million, and in January, you should have spent £50 million. Would that have been more suitable for you?
“No, you chose to fire your bolt early, spending £220 million in the August window.” “What did you do with it?”
Jordan, in particular, believes Ten Hag made a mistake in signing Antony. He considers it a waste of money and has chastised Ten Hag for spending the majority of United’s cash on the Brazil winger.
“One of the huge parts of it was Antony,” he added. He’s c**p. He’s worth £90 million!
“He’s spent £220 million.” ‘Thank you, I’ll take that, but what have you done for me lately?’ he replied, referring to the £220 million. None of the reasons for my failure in January are my own. I have not made Antony better and he has not delivered outcomes, but I convinced you to spend £90m on him’.
“But that doesn’t count in this conversation.”