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Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag ‘wants more players in January’ despite spending £200m in summer

Erik ten Hag is reportedly keen to further strengthen his Manchester United squad in January and will hold meetings over the next few weeks to chart the club’s strategy.

The Red Devils are out of action until October 2 due to the break in play following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Ten Hag has admitted he wants to use the break to talk about squad improvements in the next two transfer windows.

The Dutchman is still on the hunt for new players despite spending over £200m on signings during the summer transfer window, according to The Athletic.

He said: “We have a lot of meetings – we have to improve the structures in and around the club.”

“And we’ll be looking at the window as early as January or next summer.”

The club have traditionally been inactive during the January transfer window, with the last key first-team player to be bought in that window being Bruno Fernandes in 2021.

However, club officials such as owner Joel Glazer, chief executive Richard Arnold and director of football John Murtough are reportedly more focused on next summer as the next big opportunity to expand the squad.

So far, all of Ten Hag’s signings have had a positive impact on the team, despite an early break in the season that saw the team lose their first two games of the season against Brighton and Brentford.

Lisandro Martinez and Tyrell Malacia have both made defense look stronger after adapting to the pace of the Premier League. While Christian Eriksen and Anthony have helped the Red Devils to be more progressive going forward.

Man United are seen by many as overspending on players and could try a more cautious approach going forward in order to have more flexibility in the market.

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