Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag has forced the Glazers into spending extra £43m on 7th signing after initial £121m transfer budget
MANCHESTER UNITED manager Erik ten Hag has received significant transfer funding from the Glazers thus far this summer.
According to sources, Erik ten Hag’s desire to sign both Antony and Lisandro Martinez drove the Glazers to pay £43 million more for the pair than was originally planned. Manchester United has signed the duo from Ajax. And there are great hopes that they will be big hits at Old Trafford as they try to quickly climb the Premier League league.
Martinez became Manchester United’s third summer signing earlier in the transfer season, joining from Ajax in a massive £56.7 million deal.
On Tuesday, they said Antony would follow suit, agreeing to pay £84 million for the Brazil international.
Both players are expected to be regulars under Ten Hag at Old Trafford as he attempts to lead the club to its first Premier League trophy since Sir Alex Ferguson ruled the roost in 2013.
According to the Telegraph, United did not intend to spend so much money on the two at first.
The Red Devils are said to have paid £43 extra on Antony and Martinez as a result of Ten Hag’s desperation to get the pair in.
Finally, United has decided to put all of its faith in its boss.
However, there is a risk, since the Red Devils have previously regretted giving Louis van Gaal so much influence in the dugout.
The majority of Van Gaal’s signings at the club were duds, much to the club’s chagrin.
While Ander Herrera, Daley Blind, and Sergio Romero performed admirably, Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao, Memphis Depay, Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Marcos Rojo, and Victor Valdes all fell short.
Luke Shaw is still with the club, but he has dropped down Ten Hag’s pecking order due to Tyrell Malacia’s strong start.
Van Gaal later revealed that he wanted ten different players than the ones he was given. In a speech in 2020, he stated: “I had hoped to get Robert Lewandowski, but when that proved impossible, I tried to sign Gonzalo Higuain instead.
“I also spoke with the board about Neymar before I arrived.
“You have to think big at United – he was also fascinating for the club in terms of selling shirts, and I needed speedy wingers.”
“As a result, I also attempted to sign Sadio Mane and Riyad Mahrez. Thomas Muller was also on my wish list, as was N’Golo Kante in central midfield.
“I even tried to sign James Milner, who was already pretty old but highly versatile and had leadership qualities.”
“I wanted Sergio Ramos and Mats Hummels on defense since ours wasn’t the greatest in terms of building from the back.
“Those were my main targets, but we were unable to obtain any of them.” I’m not sure why, because I wasn’t involved in any negotiations as the manager.
“After I left, players like Mahrez and Kante went to Manchester City and Chelsea, whereas United was unable to sign them. That struck me as unusual.”
United will now be hoping that Ten Hag’s decision is sound.
Martinez has recovered from disappointing performances against Brentford and Brighton by dazzling in wins over Liverpool and Southampton.
He appears to be more at ease playing alongside Raphael Varane after previously being put alongside Harry Maguire.
United also has great hopes for Antony.
They believe the Brazil international has the potential to become one of the top players in the world, with the Samba star attracting parallels to Neymar.
However, the jury will remain out until he takes the field.