Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag admits he does not know how much he will spend this summer, as the takeover drama continues. The Old Trafford giants announced in November that the board was exploring strategic options to support the growth of the club, with one option being considered an outright sale. Friday was the third, and expected final, deadline for parties to make offers to buy the club, with Sheikh Jassim and Sir Jim Ratcliffe both submitting bids. Now the Glazer family must decide how to move forward – a process that threatens to damage the progress made during Ten Hag’s first season at the helm. United are on course for a top-four finish and have the chance to add the FA Cup to the Carabao Cup, but the financial backing for improvement is not clear even to the manager. Asked if he has been told he has the money to do what he wants this summer, regardless of how the takeover process pans out, Ten Hag said: “No, I don’t. I don’t. influence that, I. I don’t know either. “The only thing I know is that Man United is one of the biggest clubs and I think it is among the two biggest clubs largest in the world in terms of fans. . “So I think this club is going to compete for the highest number in the world, so Champions League, Premier League. successful or not.” Ten Hag says “everyone knows you need funds to build a squad” and that “high-level players cost a lot of money” in elite football. “I, we see this as a project,” said the boss United .” In a project also it concerns that you are in windows, that you strengthen your squad needs or make refreshments, so that you get more balance, sure, and you bring in young players. “But I think we’ve already shown and proven that we can beat the best teams in the world, so yeah, I think we can compete in the Champions League .” But at the end of the day we also want to be in the Champions League in the winter and we want to compete, and knock them all out, so we have a way to go.” United are preparing to face Brighton in the Premier League on Thursday after beating Aston Villa 1-0 amid protests against the Glazers on Sunday Ten Witch was seen after the game at Old Trafford picking up a green and gold scarf as he headed down the tunnel , holding it up before throwing it back to the fans. Asked if it was an act of solidarity with the fans, the United boss said: “No, it was just being polite. Hag has understandably refrained from publicly criticizing his employers at this stage of the season but his desire for clarity on the club’s future is palpable. When asked how important it is to resolve the takeover process as soon as possible, Ten Hag said: “Yeah, I think it’s clear what I want but it’s not up to me. “It’s about people other in this club, ultimately the owners are there and they make the decisions, so it’s not up to me. “So, I do everything I can and I influence the processes that I am in charge of.”
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