Manchester United: Carragher blames Erik ten Hag for transfer budget | Football

Jamie Carragher thinks Erik ten Hag is to blame (Picture: Getty)

Jamie Carragher believes the blame for Manchester United’s meagre January transfer budget should be laid at Erik ten Hag’s door.

United endured a painful end to the year in the Premier League, with the Red Devils suffering four defeats and winning just twice.

That run included disappointing defeats to Bournemouth, West Ham and Nottingham Forest which has seen Ten Hag’s side drop to eighth, nine points off the top four.

Despite Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s arrival at Old Trafford, United have yet to bring in any new faces after nearly a fortnight of the January transfer window.

United have seen two loan departures – Jadon Sancho and Donny van de Beek – which could allow for some incomings but Carragher believes it’s the Dutchman who should be blamed if the Red Devils haven’t got the funds to work with this month.

‘United’s recent big-money signings are on him,’ the Sky Sports pundit said in his column for The Telegraph.

‘He had his chance to get it right in three transfer windows and used those resources poorly, taking the team backwards this season despite huge investment.

Antony of Manchester United looks on during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford

Antony has flattered to deceive since his big-money arrival (Picture: Getty)

‘If there is no money left in this window – which may be his last – it is his own fault.’

Antony, seen as one of Ten Hag’s recommended acquisitions, has failed to provide consistent goal returns since his £82million arrival last summer.

Rasmus Hojlund, meanwhile, who joined the club for an eye-watering £64m this summer, has notched up just one solitary league goal this term.

Andre Onana and Mason Mount were the two other big signings before the start of the season but both have been plagued by form and injury issues respectively.

Financial Fair Play regulations may prevent them from making any permanent signings this window but Ten Hag has said the club are open to loan moves this window.

United will hope to get back to winning ways on Sunday but face a tough home fixture against Tottenham.

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