Erik ten Hag hopes Manchester United will continue to strengthen in the transfer market

Despite a number of high-profile departures, the club have struggled to land Frenkie De Jong, widely seen as their main target.

There was anger this week after the club reportedly made a bid for 33-year-old Bologna striker Marko Arnautovic, a move former defender Gary Neville described as “desperate”, but Ten Hag is confident he will have more work with him soon enough.

“We have to do it,” Ten Hag told a Friday press conference looking forward to their trip to Brentford, when asked if he was confident the right players could be brought in.

“I’m convinced we’ll have (a better team). I’m happy, I think we cooperate very well, I can’t talk to you about individuals, I can’t talk about players under contract at other clubs. “

Rashford, who has struggled for form in recent seasons at United, has been linked with a move to Ligue 1 champions Paris St Germain in the French media but he is not going anywhere, according to his manager.

“He’s a very important player,” added Ten Hag. “You’ve seen from day one I’ve been here, I’m really happy with him, I don’t want to lose him, he’s definitely in our plans at Manchester United.”

Seeking a quick recovery from their opening day loss at home to Brighton & Hove Albion, Ten Hag has remained tight-lipped on whether last season’s top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit to start at Brentford, while revealing French striker Anthony Martial and Swedish defender Victor Lindelof. are out.

“He (Ronaldo) had a good week of training,” Ten Hag said. “He had two half-games and for the starting XI, we will see tomorrow. My decision, I keep it.”

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