Erik ten Hag tells the Manchester United board they must sign a new forward this summer

‘We need more in offence’: Erik ten Hag tells Man United’s board it’s VITAL they sign a new forward before the transfer window shuts – with £68m Antony’s representatives in Manchester for talks

  • Manchester United have been relying on Anthony Martial during pre-season
  • They are still waiting for star player Cristiano Ronaldo to return to training
  • The Red Devils have been strongly linked with a raid on Ajax winger Antony
  • Erik ten Hag said it’s vital to sign a new striker if United are to achieve success
  • The Dutchman has until September 1 to bring a new forward into Old Trafford

Erik ten Hag says it is vital Manchester United sign another forward before the transfer window closes if they are going to challenge this season.

Ten Hag has been linked with a £68million raid on his old club Ajax for winger Antony, and it is understood that one of the Brazilian’s representatives, Junior Pedroso, was in Manchester for talks on Thursday.

Asked about the importance of signing another forward, Ten Hag said: ‘I think it’s vital if you want to get success, the season is really long.

Erik ten Hag has sent a message to Manchester United’s board that it is vital to sign a forward

It's understood Antony's (right) representatives have been in Manchester to hold talks

It’s understood Antony’s (right) representatives have been in Manchester to hold talks

‘That is a reason, but also the number of games. You need more options on offense. But we also still have time to fill that in.

‘We signed (Christian) Eriksen for the midfield, we are really happy with that. I am really happy with the performance of the midfield and offense at this moment.

‘But I also know this season, a lot of games, World Cup, so we need more options.

United have relied on Anthony Martial who has impressed during pre-season under Ten Hag

United have relied on Anthony Martial who has impressed during pre-season under Ten Hag

Martial has been linking up well with the likes of Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford

Martial has been linking up well with the likes of Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford

‘We have a good team, we need a good squad to get the right results at the end of the season.’

United have been relying on Anthony Martial on tour in the continued absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and Mason Greenwood.

They have scored 11 goals in the wins over Liverpool, Melbourne and Crystal Palace.

Ten Hag praised the contribution of Fred who weighed in with a sensational chip in the 4-0 win over Liverpool in Bangkok.

Cristiano Ronaldo still hasn't reported for pre-season training after putting in a request to leave the club this summer as well as being handed compassionate leave

Cristiano Ronaldo still hasn’t reported for pre-season training after putting in a request to leave the club this summer as well as being handed compassionate leave

‘At the moment, he is playing in the role as connecter, defending to offence,’ added the United boss.

‘He is playing the role quite well. I am satisfied with his performance, with his improvement.

‘I think he can even be better. I will support him in that. He also brings energy in the team by his attitude.’

United are hoping to have a key forward they already possess in Ronaldo back at their disposal before the new season kicks off in just over two weeks against Brighton.

Ten Hag will be hoping to bring in a new forward before the market closes on September 1

Ten Hag will be hoping to bring in a new forward before the market closes on September 1

Ronaldo still hasn’t reported back for pre-season after asking to leave Old Trafford and being given compassionate leave for a family issue.

‘It is the same as last week,’ said Ten Hag when asked about the situation with Ronaldo.

‘Of course. But concerning is maybe not the right word. I focus on the players who are there, they are doing really well, they are in good shape.

‘I prefer to focus on that and develop that. I cannot wait for him to come in, then we will integrate him.’

Ronaldo has been getting into shape ahead of the new season and Ten Hag will hope to have the Portuguese superstar back ahead of their opener against Brighton on August 7

Ronaldo has been getting into shape ahead of the new season and Ten Hag will hope to have the Portuguese superstar back ahead of their opener against Brighton on August 7

For now it will be Martial who leads the line, despite his struggles at the club in recent seasons, which included a loan spell at Sevilla last season.

He has already been told he is staying after impressing on the club’s tour of Thailand and Australia.

The 26-year-old has linked up well with the likes of Jadon Sancho, Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford in the pre-season games so far.

Manchester United have until September 1 when the transfer window shuts to bring in an extra forward, in what would be a boost to their chances of success under Ten Hag this season.

United face another Premier League team in a pre-season friendly on Saturday in the form of Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa.

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