Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag says he will have to be “creative” with his team selections after the club failed to sign a striker in the January transfer window.
Anthony Martial has been ruled out until mid-April after groin surgery, leaving Rasmus Hojlund as the club’s only recognised centre forward. Ten Hag wanted to sign a striker in January but was limited by financial rules.
“It’s not a secret that I wanted a striker extra because, with the injury to Martial, we don’t really have back-up there,” Ten Hag stated. However, FFP limitations meant they had to explore alternative solutions. Despite this setback, Ten Hag stated his commitment to finding creative solutions. He plans to use players like Omari Forson, Amad Diallo, and Marcus Rashford. 9 position.
United’s strategy was to sell players in the January window, like Donny van de Beek and Jadon Sancho. They hoped this would let them make new signings without breaking FFP rules.
Ten Hag understands the need for financial rules. But he pointed out the downsides. FFP often makes clubs sell valuable players. This may not help build a strong team.
Looking ahead, Ten Hag is optimistic. Sofyan Amrabat will return for the match against West Ham. Victor Lindelöf is also making progress in his recovery from injury, having trained with the team. However, Mason Mount continues to face challenges. He has struggled with injuries since the second game of the season. Despite the setbacks, Ten Hag expressed confidence in Mount’s potential. He stressed the need for a secure and gradual rehab process. This was to ensure Mount’s long-term fitness and contribution to the team.