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Erik ten Hag’s dilemma on the attack of Manchester United

By Harry Smith

Erik ten Hag’s dilemma on the attack of Manchester United

The new manager knows he needs to sign some forwards before the transfer window shuts down

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Today has been a very difficult day for the Manchester United manager. Earlier in the day, he confirmed during a press conference ahead of the match against Southampton that Anthony Martial had suffered an injury in his Achilles and will not be available for the game. Now Ajax has just turned down a €90 million bid for Antony.

Anthony Martial really impressed Erik ten Hag during pre-season and he was even planning to start him in the first game of the Premier League campaign against Brighton. Unfortunately, the French striker suffered a hamstring injury just days before the match. He returned against Liverpool, played 45 minutes, and made an assist. Now he is injured once again for an indefinite time.

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On the other hand, the Dutch manager’s priority to reinforce the attack of the team since he was appointed back in April has been Antony Santos from Ajax. However, after his former club rejected every proposal made by the Red Devils, including today’s bid of €90 million, he might move on to other alternatives since the transfer deadline day is getting closer.

With Martial out with an injury, Cristiano Ronaldo is the only natural centre-forward at Erik ten Hag’s disposal at the moment. Although he could also repeat the front line of Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford, and Anthony Elanga that performed really well against Liverpool on Monday.

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Since Cristiano Ronaldo’s future remains uncertain, Manchester United should sign a new striker regardless if he stays or not this summer. In Antony’s case, the club’s board should move on to other alternatives like Cody Gakpo, who would cost half of the price of Antony and has already shown his willingness to join the Red Devils.

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