Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag asked for “a few pennies” as fans suggested an ambitious double for Jude Bellingham and Kylian Mbappe.
The Premier League team spent £200m in the summer recruiting Antony, Casemiro, Lisandro Martinez, Christian Eriksen and Tyrell Malacia.
It was a costly window for chief executive Richard Arnold, director of football John Murtough and manager Erik ten Hag, who were handed a much smaller war chest for January.
Personality was very important to Erik ten Hag. You could say that Weghorst showed it in the dispute with Messi. He didn’t score many goals at Burnley but his results in Turkey are good + he scored one of the best goals in the World Cup.
— Laurie Whitwell (@lauriewhitwell) January 7, 2023
Due to a lack of funds for United in January, a fan decided to ask Erik ten Hag to transfer cash for the moves of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham and PSG striker Kylian Mbappe.
As he sat in his car outside United’s training ground, the Dutch manager was signing autographs to supporters when asked a question.
“Do you think you will sign Jude Bellingham?” one die-hard fan asked. This Hag replied, “I want to, but…”
After another fan chimed in saying he should bring in World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe, the United boss said: “Got some pennies for me?”
In December, while the club was still being linked with Cody Gakpo, who would eventually join rivals Liverpool, Ten Hag reaffirmed his ambition to sign the striker following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo.
“Two things,” he said. The impulse can come from our club, see Garnacho, see Elanga, see Pellistri who made a good impression at the World Cup and also in training. This is the first.
Secondly, yes, we are aware that we have lost a striker, so I think we have to bring him in, but it has to be the right one.
“The right player is a player who brings quality to the team and not just adds to the squad because that only causes problems. And you know here at Manchester United the criteria are high.”
When it comes to transfers, Manchester United could struggle to bring in big names in the future after wage caps across the squad were announced.
According to The Daily Mail, salaries at Old Trafford will be capped at £200,000 a week, with senior players such as Raphael Varane, Harry Maguire, Casemiro and Bruno Fernandes all in the same pay bracket.
Gary Neville commented on the reports saying, “I’m not sure why any radical new policy is being introduced when new owners are imminent.”
He added: “Wage capping is a radical policy. Excludes Rice, Bellingham and others from that range. Any new owner would probably like to race for these types and probably also Mbappe.”