Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has torn into the club’s previous signings, labelling them ‘average’.
Ten Hag has shown a rigid personality since taking over the managerial responsibility of the Red Devils.
The way he handled the Cristiano Ronaldo transfer saga and Harry Maguire’s exclusion from the first team was remarkable.
In an interview with VI Magazine, he gave an honest yet highly critical review of United’s business in the transfer windows before his arrival.
He said (via The Mirror): “The club has bought an unimaginable number of players in recent years who have not been good enough.
“Most purchases have been average – and at United average is not good enough. United’s shirt weighs heavily. Only real personalities, who can perform under great pressure, can play here.
“We needed personalities. That’s why the acquisition of Casemiro was so important. Along with Raphael Varane, we now have a second player who has experience in winning titles.
“(Tyrell) Malacia, (Lisandro) Martinez, Casemiro, Antony are all fighters, while Christian Eriksen is a technical winner and a great personality. We want the best of the best. Any players we bring to Manchester United must meet the highest standard.”
Erik ten Hag continues to shake things up at Manchester United
Since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013, the Red Devils have spent over £1 billion to recruit players but have failed to get anywhere near the Premier League title.
There are a bunch of high-profile players who signed for United but failed to perform on the pitch. Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Morgan Schneiderlin and Angel Di Maria are just a few names who arrived with much fanfare but quickly dropped off the pace.
Paul Pogba had his highs at Old Trafford but his stay was not worth £89 million, the transfer fee United paid to sign him from Juventus.
Ten Hag spent £220m in the summer to sign four players. They have played a vital role in the past six months, with Martinez and Casemiro proving to be the flag-bearers.
It is great to see that the manager not only wants players who are shining at other clubs but also looking if they can carry the burden of playing for United.
A couple more successful transfer windows can bring the Red Devils back to their glory days.