“Money doesn’t work”- Manchester United man’s comments come as indirect swipe at Chelsea

A dig at Chelsea? Manchester United boss Erik Ten Hag feels that overspending without a strategy is a failure

Erik Ten Hag took a subtle dig at Chelsea’s over expenditures, claiming it was a failure because they spent without planning.

Under new owner Todd Boehly, the Blues have spent £600 million on 16 new additions, causing the club to become congested with too many players.

This has caused pandemonium at Chelsea. Not many managers in the world would want an influx like this when the club already has several first-team stars who wouldn’t want to be displaced.

Boehly has already fired Thomas Tuchel and Graham Potter, and Frank Lampard has been named interim manager. Meanwhile, Mauricio Pochettino has been selected as the club’s permanent manager for the coming season.

Chelsea will be facing Manchester United today evening hoping to disrupt United’s bid to qualify for the Champions League next season.

And United manager Ten Hag has taken an indirect swipe at Chelsea’s exorbitant spending without a strategy, (h/t Independent) and said:

“When there is no strategy behind it, or not  the right strategy, money doesn’t work, he said. In this moment, there is a centralization of good players, of the best managers, and also of the money; it is all here in the UK. And that makes a great competition, but also a tough and hard competition.”

Frank Lampard has left two games to remain in charge of Chelsea.  (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
Frank Lampard has left two games to remain in charge of Chelsea. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Ten Hag is correct in that we have spent wildly without considering where the players will fit. However, injuries forced the owners to make signings in haste and we did lose crucial players like Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen last summer.

Before the team signs any player, there should be a strategy in place, and the manager should give his opinion if he wants it, because he will have to see where the new acquisitions will play in the end.

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Nonetheless, Boehly appears to have viewed it as a long-term project, but the club currently has too many players, and we will have to cut the team to allow our new manager to implement his strategy. This summer, we have to be ruthless. Sell deadwood and sign only proven, quality players who strengthen the team in the present.