Ten Hag: Man Utd will not ´burn´ money on new striker

    Erik ten Hag insists Manchester United will not ‘burn money’ for signing the wrong striker in January.

    After a difficult start to life as a Red Devils manager, Ten Hag’s side have improved a lot recently and are currently fourth in the Premier League after three straight wins despite lacking options up front.

    Cristiano Ronaldo was in and out of the team before his high-profile interview with Piers Morgan led to the mutual termination of his contract while Anthony Martial struggled with injuries.

    But despite the need for a centre-forward to help United reach the Champions League, Ten Hag believes United should avoid the mistakes of the past by spending money on the wrong striker.

    “You need someone who can make an impact, otherwise you’re just burning money,” Ten Hag told reporters. “You don’t strengthen the team and it doesn’t help you.

    “We have a good team when everyone is available. We have [a striker]Anthony Martial, I am very pleased with his performance in many games.

    “He was a really good influence. If you look at his protocols and the impact he had, it was huge.”

    One suggestion for United to boost their attacking position was to remember Amad Diallo, who scored six goals in 19 loan appearances for Sunderland.

    But Ten Hag is reluctant to bring Diallo back to Old Trafford early, believing it would be wrong to stall the progress the Ivory Coast international is making with the Black Cats.

    “We consider everything. I have a little caveat because I don’t want to stop the process, he’s making good progress there,” added Ten Hag. “Young players need experience.

    “When we decide [he needs] to come back, he has to be a player who can compete for the starting 11 or at least come out in a lot of games to make an impact.”

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