Erik ten Hag makes controversial spending claim aimed at Newcastle United, Arsenal & Man City
Erik ten Hag wants more money to spend at Manchester United, despite only Chelsea spending more in the transfer window in 2022-23
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Ten Hag’s men also beat Newcastle in the Carabao Cup final in February, and could win the FA Cup on Saturday if they overcome the challenge of Pep Guardiola’s title-chasing City.
However, the Dutchman was unhappy at the lack of investment in January and warned of the implications that could bring if that continues in the near future.
Ten Hag said: “The club knows if you want to play top four, compete for trophies in this tough league then you have to invest, otherwise you don’t have a chance because other clubs will do.
“We’ve seen it in the winter. All the clubs around us made huge investments, we didn’t, but still we made it, so I’m proud of my team.
“We are in the right direction, but we are not there where we have to be. There’s still a long way to go. There’s potential in this team and in individual players.
“We showed during the season we made progress. That’s a compliment to the players and the coaches. We worked really hard, but we have to make an investment.”
Although Man United were restricted to loan moves for Wout Weghorst, Marcel Sabitzer and Jack Butland in the winter, ten Hag spent a club record £220m in the summer on the likes of Antony, Lisandro Martinez, Casemiro and Tyrell Malacia.
Only Chelsea have spent more during the 2022-23 campaign. Newcastle spent £165m on Nick Pope, Matt Targett, Matt Targett, Sven Botman, Alexander Isak and Anthony Gordon.
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