Erik ten Hag fires caution to Man United over Chelsea struggles.

Erik ten Hag fires caution to Man United over Chelsea struggles.

The head coach of Manchester United has stated that the 20-time English champions “must do the right things” in order to be successful, stating that “money does not work without a plan.”

The Red Devils only need one point from their final two Premier League games against Chelsea and Fulham to qualify for the Champions League in 2023-24.

Man United are anticipated to be big spenders in the upcoming transfer window, with the club seeking to add a central defender, a central midfielder, and a striker.

However, the size of the transfer budget is uncertain due to the ownership predicament at Old Trafford, where the Glazers are negotiating a sale.

Ahead of Thursday’s Premier League matchup with Chelsea, Ten Hag stated that the Blues’ difficulties should serve as a cautionary tale, as the club has spent more than £600 million in the last two transfer windows but has struggled during the 2022-23 season.

Only three points separate 12th-placed Chelsea from 14th-placed West Ham United in the Premier League ranking, where Lampard’s squad is currently ranked 12th with 43 points from 36 games.

“You must do the proper tasks. Ten Hag told reporters at his press conference on Wednesday, “You can have money, but you must use it and spend it intelligently, and you must have a strategy behind it; otherwise, the money is useless.”

“Right now, there is a concentration of excellent players, the best managers, and also the money in the United Kingdom. This makes for a wonderful competition, but also a challenging and difficult competition.

I believe that there are many more teams in the Premier League that are extremely formidable.
“I believe we are headed in the right direction, but we can also learn from this season. We must evaluate this after the season and draw the appropriate conclusions for the future, which is precisely what we will do.”

United would secure a place in the top four of the rankings with a draw against Chelsea on Thursday, but they would have another opportunity against Fulham this weekend if they were to lose to Lampard’s squad.

Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur is believed to be Manchester United’s top target in the final third of the field, although it remains to be seen if Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will agree to transfer the England captain.

The Red Devils are also in pursuit of a new central midfielder, with Declan Rice of West Ham United and Frenkie de Jong of Barcelona still believed to be targets.

A central defender will be required if Harry Maguire leaves in the upcoming transfer window, with Kim Min-jae of Napoli viewed as the club’s preferable option.

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Erik ten Hag fires caution to Man United over Chelsea struggles.