Erik Ten Hag Issues Fiery Response to Claims Man United Will Sell All Underperforming Players

Erik Ten Hag Issues Fiery Response to Claims Man United Will Sell All Underperforming Players

Rene Otinga
updated at May 2, 2024 at 3:31 PM
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  • Erik ten Hag has rubbished reports that Manchester United is ptting all players up for sale
  • The gaffer slammed the reports as a “joke”, and was critical of gossip involving United
  • The Red Devils will not play in the Champions League next season after an underwhelming season

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Erik ten Hag gave a concise answer when asked about rumours that Manchester United was prepared to sell all its senior players in the next transfer windows.

United have come under intense scrutiny in recent weeks following a string of poor results. Their latest 1-1 draw against relegation-threatened Burnley only added to the criticism, as fans slated several members of the first team squad for inconsistent performances.

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Recently, rumours have circulated that Manchester United could sell a number of senior players in the summer. Photo: Will Palmer
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Ten Hag has also not been safe from fans’ wrath, and there are rumours that the gaffer could lose his job as the club heads in a new direction under Sir Jim Ratcliffe.

Recently, sensational rumours have circulated that the no-nonsense Ratcliffe was willing to part ways with United’s underperformers, which could potentially mean a mass overhaul of the first team.

According to The Telegraph, only three players, Kobbie Mainoo, Alejandro Garnacho and Jadon Sancho are safe from the chopping block.

Ten Hag responds to rumours

Speaking in his latest press conference on Thursday, May 2, Ten Hag dismissed the reports, labelling them as a “joke”.

He also slammed the media for always linking United players with moves away from the club.

“As long as I've worked here, every summer, every window, I think 200 players are getting interest from Manchester United. We did some research. Untrue,” he said, per Sky Sports.
“And also every summer we sell all of the players in our squad, so you (in the media) are making all of the headlines, which is untrue.”

This is the latest edition of Ten Hag against journalists.

In April, the United boss banned three publications from asking questions in his press conference because of the scathing way they had critcised him and the club.

What next for United?

While United are mathematically out of the race for Champions League football, Ten Hag’s focus will be having a strong finish to the season and perhaps qualify for the Europa League.

United’s next game is a clash against Crystal Palace on Monday, May 6, in a game which Marcus Rashford is a major doubt.

Jadon Sancho speaks on Man United return

Elsewhere, Sports Brief reported on Jadon Sancho’s take on a potential return to Manchester United.

He was asked the Man United question after a stellar performance for Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League semi-final against PSG on Wednesday, May 1.

The winger gave an unsure response when asked if he had a future at Old Trafford.

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