Erik ten Hag remains coy about Frenkie de Jong deal, insisting the players he already has ‘perform very well in that position’ – but admits Man United are ‘still looking to strengthen the squad’ this summer
- Erik ten Hag remains hesitant about a possible deal to sign Frenkie de Jong
- The Barcelona midfielder has been one of Manchester United’s top goals
- De Jong will be chased by a number of Eredivisie clubs this summer
- Ten Hag confirms that the club is ‘still looking to strengthen the selection’
Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag declined to comment at his latest press conference on the possibility of signing Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona this summer.
The former Ajax boss is preparing to take charge of his first competitive game for the Red Devils as he welcomes Brighton to Old Trafford in the league opener on Sunday afternoon.
But ahead of the game, the United manager was questioned about the club’s interest in de Jong – who has been linked with a move to Manchester and a reunion with ten Hag this summer.
Erik ten Hag faced the media on Friday ahead of his first competitive game in charge
Ten Hag said he did not know whether the club will continue the pursuit of Frenkie de Jong
In answer to a question about de Jong, ten Hag said: ‘We want Frenkie? I don’t know! I cannot comment on a player who is under contract with another club. If we have news, we will pass it on.
‘You work with the current squad and develop players. At the moment the players in that position are performing very well.’
United will likely start with a midfield duo of Fred and Scott McTominay in their Premier League season opener against Brighton – with new recruit Christian Eriksen also potentially lining up for a debut in a deeper than usual role.
The United boss knows the Barcelona midfielder well from their time together at Ajax
The new United boss continued: “We’ve said it before. We are still looking for reinforcements for the team. I am convinced that we have a good team and a good squad. We can still strengthen, but the team has shown that it can play at a good level.’
The Red Devils are also linked with Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham and West Ham’s Declan Rice, but both players are unlikely to be available for a transfer this summer.
Ten Hag will kick-start his Manchester United career on Sunday afternoon as his side welcome Brighton to their Premier League season opener.
Ten Hag says he is happy with the performance of his defensive midfielders in preparation