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Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag says the same thing as Richard Arnold about transfer spending

Erik ten Hag insists Manchester United will not “burn money” amid their search for a striker signing in the January transfer window.

Ten Hag confirmed last month he wants a new goalscorer to offset the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo and bolster a United attack that has only scored 24 goals in 16 Premier League games this season.

In the summer, the United chief executive Richard Arnold told fans at a pub the club had “burned through cash”, a reference to their dreadful recruitment hit-rate prior to Ten Hag’s appointment.

United invested £225.4million on five players in the summer and decided against bidding for Cody Gakpo before he left PSV Eindhoven for Liverpool in a £50m deal last week.

Victory over Wolves and Tottenham’s defeat to Aston Villa leave United fourth in the Premier League table, two points behind third-placed Newcastle with a game in hand, and City are only four points clear. But Ten Hag reiterated they need a reinforcement.

I think we have a good team when all the players are available,” Ten Hag said. “But with many games coming up, I think there is a need.

“But you need one who can have an impact, otherwise you are just burning money and you don’t strengthen the squad and it doesn’t help you.”

Anthony Martial missed 13 weeks of the season through hamstring, Achilles and back injuries but has started the last five games and United have won all of them.

The 27-year-old has accrued five goals and two assists in 10 appearances but his performance level of late has been questionable and Martial was substituted for the fifth game running at Molineux.

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