Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo has said new manager Erik ten Hag will ‘need time’ as the incoming boss keeps an eye on young French striker Hugo Ekitike
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Erik ten Hag is said to have identified Reims striker Hugo Ekitike as a transfer target this summer.
The Dutchman will arrive at Old Trafford ready to undertake a major overhaul of Manchester United’s squad, with the club expected to target a new striker. And Ten Hag is said to be a fan of Ekitike, who can be readily available for a bargain fee.
It comes like a forward superstar Cristiano Ronaldo sent out a warning after Erik ten Hag was named United’s next manager. And Steve McClare will become Ten Hag’s manager – and he could be a breath of fresh air to United’s underperforming stars.
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Ten Hag identifies the striker’s target
Erik ten Hag is said to want to bring Hugo Ekitike to Old Trafford this summer.
The young French striker, who has been called the “next Kylian Mbappe” has impressed in Ligue 1 this season, where he has a higher conversion success rate than is forthcoming City of Manchester striker Erling Haaland. The striker could be on the move this season because he has been linked with the likes of Newcastle Flowers and Chelsea.
But United hope to beat them Premier League rivals his signature – and he could be available for as little as £13m.
Ronaldo sent a warning
Cristiano Ronaldo has broken his silence on Erik ten Hag’s arrival at Manchester United – and warned the new boss will “need time” to bring the good times back to Old Trafford.
Ten Hag will take up his new role at Old Trafford this summer after wrapping up the Eredivisie title with Ajax. And Portuguese superstar Ronaldo said he was “delighted and delighted” that Ten Hag was appointed the club’s new boss.
And United’s number seven insists “we have to believe that next year we can win titles”.
McClaren’s Man Utd solution
Steve McClaren has clearly had his eye on Manchester United this season – and it could pay dividends with the former England manager set to become Erik ten Hag’s number two.
Ten Hag was McClaren’s assistant when he first took charge of FC Twente in 2008 and their roles could now be reversed as Ten Hag insists he wants his former boss to join Old Trafford. And McClaren will come in with a clear idea of what is needed at the club.
Following City’s 4-1 win over Man City at the Etihad in March, McClaren criticized the club’s underperforming stars, saying the players had “stopped running for each other”. And Ten Hag’s potential assistant also explained the club “need to get the bad guys out of the dressing room”.