Erik ten Hag press conference: Manchester United will make signings before transfer window closes

Erik ten Hag has held his pre-match press conference ahead of Manchester United’s trip to face Brentford.

He was unsurprisingly asked about transfer business, with the pursuit of Frenkie de Jong rumbling on and Adrien Rabiot emerging as a target after the defeat to Brighton.

When asked if he was confident that the squad will be better by the time the window closes, Ten Hag said: “We have to. I am confident we will have (a better squad).

Elsewhere, Ten Hag said that he and the powers that be at the club were aligned over transfer strategy.

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Erik ten Hag press conference ahead of Brentford clash

“I am happy. We are co-operating really well. I cannot talk about individual targets, or players who are under contract with other clubs.

When asked directly if he and the board are on the same page when it comes to transfer targets, Ten Hag simply said: Yes, yeah.”

Ten Hag is not one to speak unnecessarily or say more words than he needs to but he has made it clear multiple times now he needs the right players to work with.

He does not just want any signing for the sake of it, United need the right players and types of personality through the door.

It was to be hoped that by the end of the transfer window, United would have a squad free of disruptive influences at the very least.

But then the links to Rabiot, Marko Arnautovic and Mauro Icardi have come out, and it seems that United do not even have a plan to get that harmony in the ranks at all.

The plan for the transfer window seems to have been De Jong at all costs and little else and that is being laid bare by the panic in the market now.

United have also apparently made the paltry fee of £7 million available for a new goalkeeper to backup David de Gea, when they probably should stick with Tom Heaton now and get a long term, big-money replacement next summer.

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