Ian Wright Accuses Erik Ten Hag Of Wasting £150M On 3 Signings

Ex-Arsenal striker Ian Wright has questioned the dealings of Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag in the transfer market.

As well as criticising the Dutchman’s style of play, Wright said that the decision to sign the likes of Antony, Sofyan Amrabat and Mason Mount raise doubts about his judgement:

“You have to look at, is this the manager to take them to the next level? If you are looking at it now, I still don’t know what their main structure of play is. You can’t buy players like Antony and it doesn’t work. (Sofyan) Amrabat coming in and it doesn’t work. Why did you buy Mason Mount?”

“So, you are looking at players they have bought, just those three and you are thinking to yourself, ‘who is making those decisions?’ Those things don’t happen at Man City, of course, they don’t. They have an unbelievable management team.”

The 3 signings have cost United £150m

The Red Devils have paid an £8.5m loan fee for Amrabat, with an option to buy in the summer for £21.4m but, based on the Moroccan’s performances, it looks like he will be sent straight back to Fiorentina.

Mount cost United an initial £55m (with £5m in add-ons) when he arrived from Chelsea at the start of the season, but there are question marks about his fitness record and where he fits in the starting eleven.

Probably the biggest flop, though, moved to Old Trafford in ten Hag‘s first summer at the club. Antony joined from Ajax for a staggering £86m but he has scored just 1 goal in 28 appearances this campaign.

Ten Hag should be held accountable for his flops

While many fans will rightly blame the Glazers for the club’s failures in recent years, you can’t get away from the fact that a lot of poor decisions have been made on transfers, and those mistakes lay at the feet of the manager and the recruitment staff.

Ten Hag’s record when it comes to signings is rather poor, to say the least, and Wright is correct to point it out.

David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.