Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has dropped a transfer hint following his sides 2-0 defeat to Real Madrid.

The game was a lot closer than the 2-0 scoreline might suggest, with United having the majority of possession for much of the game and arguably creating better chances.

Jude Bellingham had put Los Blancos ahead in the fifth minute after Kobbie Mainoo departed due to injury.

The second came late in the second half, as a ball was stood up in the box with Madrid striker Joselu rising to score a wonderful overhead bicycle goal.

This left the score at 2-0 with United probably disappointed with their performance having the exact same shooting stats as Madrid but two less goals.

United also missed two big chances which again highlighted the need for a new forward to be signed.

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Ten Hag drops hint

Following the game a key talking point people brought up is the obvious lack of goalscoring from United.

With only one recognised striker, United are in desperate need of some offensive reinforcements, as the club continues to fire blanks.

This however is something Erik ten Hag seems to agree with.

Simon Stone has reported that he spoke with Ten Hag following the game and asked him if the missed chances are playing a factor and emphasising the need for a striker.

To this the Dutchman simply replied: “Absolutely.”

This coming from someone who is usually so coy on transfer linkings, this game must have been the final straw for him.

Is Hojlund close?

It is well known at this point that United are incredibly interested in Rasmus Hojlund.

A move seems to be edging closer and closer, with Fabrizio Romano claiming a verbal offer has now been made, he said:

“Understand Manchester United sent 1st verbal proposal to Atalanta for Rasmus Højlund for €60m package

“Bid structure is €50m fixed fee plus €10m add-ons. Atalanta always wanted at least €70m fee.”

United will need to move quickly if they do want a deal, with PSG circling the player could get sick of waiting, while Ten Hag grows ever more furious with his blundering forwards.