Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has had his transfer budget boosted by nearly £50million.
The Dutchman takes charge at Old Trafford this summer with a massive overhaul of the club’s playing squad expected to get underway. And departures may have already helped create some room in Ten Hag’s budget to bring in the players he wants.
It comes as the 52-year-old’s ‘core principles’ have reportedly been laid out to players as he aims to help him deliver success during his tenure at the club And Cristiano Ronaldo’s thoughts on Paul Pogba have been revealed as the Frenchman makes his Manchester United exit
£50m transfer budget boost
Manchester United have already managed to rid themselves of nearly £50million in annual wages despite the transfer window being yet to officially open.
Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic, Edinson Cavani and Lee Grant have all been confirmed as leaving the club as Erik ten Hag’s rebuild begins. According to figures from Spotrac, that will net United a saving of £48.44million in basic wages – which could go quite some way to helping Ten Hag reshape his squad.
Ten Hag outlines ‘core principles’
Erik ten Hag has reportedly laid out his ‘core principles’ to Manchester United players ahead of next season.
Reports suggest that Ten Hag will demand high energy, attacking football with a consistent press from his players. The principles would seem very similar to those spoken about by the United boss during his unveilling.
Ten Hag suggested the club will achieve success with “hard work” and that he will line up his “best team” in order to have them “go to the maximum”.
Ronaldo’s thoughts on Pogba
Paul Pogba is said to be one of the few players who earned Cristiano Ronaldo’s respect at Manchester United this season.
On Wednesday, it was confirmed that the Frenchman had left Old Trafford following the expiration of his contract. Pogba’s departure had appeared likely for much of the season, with his last outing coming in April when he was forced off injured in a horrific beating at the hands of Liverpool.
While United fans may have been relieved to see him go, he appears to have remained popular in the Old Trafford dressing room. According to reports, Pogba ‘commanded major respect’ from Ronaldo who even ‘wished’ he could have played with the Frenchman at Real Madrid.