Manchester United flexed their financial muscle to back Erik ten Hag in the summer transfer window.
The Red Devils made six signings – Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen, Lisandro Martinez, Casemiro, Antony and Martin Dubravka.
The total spent on the incomings rose to £229 million. This is the biggest window expenditure in Man United’s history.
According to The Athletic’s Laurie Whitwell, the initial transfer budget for the new manager was £120m.
However, the horrific start to the campaign forced the Glazers to allocate more money for recruitment.
The same report further claimed that the senior players of the team told the hierarchy that reinforcements are necessary to strengthen the squad.
Manchester United have backed Erik ten Hag in the summer
Ralf Rangnick suggested that the club needed ‘open heart surgery’ when he was at the helm last season.
After appointing Ten Hag, United sanctioned the departures of some high-profile players.
A few to name are Edinson Cavani, Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic and Eric Bailly.
When compared with the six new arrivals, it is clear that the squad is stronger when compared to last season.
Getting a right-back and a second attacker or striker may have been the best way to wrap up this window but every club has a financial limit.
Ten Hag would have been surprised after seeing the performances from his side in the first two Premier League games.
A fine pre-season did not give any indication that Man United would be hammered in such a way by Brighton & Hove Albion and Brentford.
These are two English clubs on their way up, led by two shrewd managers. They spotted the weaknesses in Ten Hag’s squad and exploited them to perfection.
The Red Devils have come back strongly with three consecutive wins.
Malacia, Eriksen and Martinez have improved the team with their gritty performances, but the good thing is that many of the players that lost the first two games have come together to help forge a stronger team unit and turn things around.
The next step for the manager will be to slot Casemiro and Antony into the line-up.
The club hierarchy has given a robust base to Ten Hag to build the team with his high-intensity playing style.
The Dutchman must now get the best out of his men and have a successful season.
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