Man United will continue to back Erik ten Hag in the transfer market despite splashing out £220m ahead of this campaign… but football director John Murtough rules out making any signings in January window
- Man United signed Antony, Casemiro, Lisandro Martinez, Christian Eriksen, Tyrell Malacia and Martin Dubravka over the summer, spending record £220m
- It was considerable backing for Erik ten Hag as he refreshed his squad options
- Football director John Murtough has promised further backing for Ten Hag
- Murtough said United were ‘ahead of schedule’ when it comes to recruitment
- He ruled out United making additional signings during the January window
- It comes as United set a new Premier League record with wage bill of £384m
Manchester United will continue to back manager Erik ten Hag in the transfer market after spending a club record £220million this summer.
United’s football director John Murtough promised more funds for Ten Hag following the arrivals of Antony, Casemiro, Lisandro Martinez, Christian Eriksen, Tyrell Malacia and Martin Dubravka.
However, Murtough warned that United are unlikely to make as many signings in a single transfer window in future after moving ahead of schedule, and will aim to do most of their business in the summer rather than January.
Manchester United’s football director John Murtough has assured manager Erik ten Hag will be backed in the transfer market again next summer after a record £220m spend this year
Casemiro (left) and Antony (right) were among a number of high-profile summer arrivals
‘During the summer, we made significant investment in the first team squad with the permanent addition of five regular starters, including a balance of experienced international players and younger, emerging talent,’ he said.
‘We also saw a higher-than-usual number of departures, and this was an equally important part of refreshing the squad after the disappointing 2021-22 season.
‘We will continue to support Erik in ensuring he has players with the right quality and characters to achieve success, while ensuring that investment remains consistent with our commitment to financial sustainability.
Lisandro Martinez (right) was another summer acquisition by the Old Trafford club
The free signing of Christian Eriksen after he left Brentford proved to be a very good purchase
‘Overall, we are ahead of schedule in our recruitment plans as envisaged at the start of the summer, and we do not anticipate the same level of activity in future windows. As always, our planning focuses on the summer window.’
Murtough believes that Ten Hag has already justified the club’s decision to appoint him as manager, adding: ‘After a thorough search and due diligence process it was clear to us that Erik was the strongest candidate, based on his outstanding coaching record, his commitment to the proactive, attacking football we want to play, and the vision and ambition he showed for the role.
‘There is still a long way to go, but we have already seen, during his first four months in charge, an increased unity, focus and drive that bodes well for the future.’