According to Erik ten Hag, Chelsea has served as the ideal example this season of how making significant investments without a clear strategy may backfire. Since purchasing the team in May of last year, Blues owner Todd Boehly has spent £600 million on transfers, fired two permanent managers, and been rewarded with a mid-table result.
Furthermore, with a takeover at Manchester United appearing to be approaching, Ten Hag thinks the West London club might serve as a useful example of how money isn’t always the best option. When asked if Chelsea had demonstrated the difficulties of changing ownership, Ten Hag responded, “Absolutely.
You can have money, but you must use it and spend it wisely. You must do the right things. The money needs to be supported with a plan or it won’t function.
Thomas Tuchel and Graham Potter were fired by Chelsea because of their scattershot player recruitment strategy, and interim manager Frank Lampard will take over after them because he was unable to stop the decline.
According to Ten Hag, whose team needs a point today to ensure a top-four finish and Champions League participation the following season, the essentials are in place at Old Trafford.
“I think we are moving in the right direction, but we can also learn from this season, and we have to evaluate that after the season,” he continued. “That is what we will most definitely do after the season.”
If United’s owners, the Glazers, decide to sell, Ten Hag may receive a big transfer boost, especially if Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad al-Thani’s Qatari bid is successful.
Despite the fact that the club is considering adding two defenders, two midfielders, and a forward, the United manager is aware of too much change in the group. United is negotiating on numerous fronts with fallback choices in case the main targets fail or move on to other opportunities.
However, the process will be aided by playing in the Champions League, which appears likely with a struggling Chelsea tonight and Fulham at home on Sunday in the final game. Ten Hag maintained that the most crucial elements would-be athletes with the right personality and character.
It’s what we want and what we have to work towards, he continued, to have players with the appropriate characteristics who excel and contribute at the top levels. “But right now, Chelsea tomorrow is all that matters, and everything else is secondary.
“First, we need to complete the task and win the game. We have one trophy, but we’d like to compete against the greatest. Although we believe we are moving on the right path, there is always room for improvement. Because being good is not sufficient.
“To play in the Premier League, you must be one of the top four teams, and that’s not easy. Many teams are vying for it, and we are among them.”
After missing two games due to an illness and a hamstring problem, Marcus Rashford has resumed training and might start again.