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´It´s a joke´ – Ten Hag slams reports of Man Utd fire sale

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 2 May 2024

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Erik ten Hag has angrily denied reports claiming almost every player in Manchester United’s squad will be up for sale in the upcoming transfer window, describing them as “a joke”.

United are officially out of the running for Champions League qualification and could yet end Ten Hag’s second season at the helm out of Europe entirely, with Newcastle United and Chelsea among the teams looking to hunt down the sixth-placed Red Devils.

Big changes are expected in United’s first transfer window under the stewardship of INEOS founder Jim Ratcliffe, who assumed full control of football operations when his purchase of a minority stake in the club was ratified in February.

Earlier this week, reports emerged suggesting United were entertaining offers for all but three of their players, namely Rasmus Hojlund, Alejandro Garnacho and Kobbie Mainoo.

Speaking at a press conference to preview Monday’s Premier League trip to Crystal Palace, Ten Hag shot down those suggestions.

“It’s a joke! As long as I worked here, 200 players are apparently getting interest from Manchester United every summer, which is untrue. We did some research,” Ten Hag said.

“Every summer, we sell every player in our squad, which is untrue. Be calm and take responsibility when you make up such a headline. It is total c**p.”

Despite coming under fierce pressure this campaign, Ten Hag has repeatedly insisted he will remain at Old Trafford for the 2024-25 season.

He knows there is plenty to be done as the Red Devils enter a new era, saying: “There’s always a lot of work, that’s normal when you go into a transfer window.

“We are still below the levels of the expectations that Manchester United have, so we have to catch up.

“I am now going into my fifth window, two windows were okay, two windows we did nothing. We have to make new improvements in the summer.

“There is a base of this squad that is very good. Injuries had a big impact on our season.”

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