Erik ten Hag, manager of Manchester United, hopes to sign another striker in January, and the Dutchman has already planned who he wants to replace Cristiano Ronaldo..
United and Ronaldo parted ways for the second time following that shocking interview with Piers Morgan, and the decision leaves the manager short on attacking options. Having said that, he clearly rates Anthony Martial, and the Frenchman has performed admirably this season when fully fit.
Martial, who appeared to be at a crossroads in his career this summer, was handed a lifeline by Ten Hag upon his return from loan club Sevilla, and he’s so far justified that support. Despite three separate injury setbacks, the 26-year-old has four goals and two assists this season..
But who will join him in the attack next month? United have confirmed their intention to make a move as World Cup heroes Cody Gakpo and Goncalo Ramos remain linked, with Napoli forward Victor Osimhen also attracting interest.
Despite well-documented issues with the January transfer window, United are not looking for a quick fix, and Ten Hag appears to have stated what he expects from his central frontman. During a recent warm-weather training camp in Spain, he explained it to MEN Sport..
He stated: “Yes, United would like to sign a forward. But only if we can find the right person.”
Ten Hag was then pressed on Martial, and in his response, he outlined what he looks for in any striker..
“We’ve seen when he’s available, he has a massive impact on our game,” he added.
He’s played 350 minutes and has four goals and two assists. That’s an excellent track record.
“In aspects of his game, such as pressing, he’s doing a great job for the team and linking up play. He’s a really important player for our team, and we need that profile..