Erik ten Hag forgets about Arsenal as he lists Manchester United’s biggest challengers

Erik ten Hag says any new Manchester United owners must invest in the squad, while he appeared to forget about table-toppers Arsenal as he reeled off his side’s biggest challengers.

Last month, the Glazer family announced they were considering selling the club after 17 years at the helm with many United fans hoping that new owners could be the key to ending their wait for silverware.

The Red Devils have not won a trophy since the Europa League and Carabao Cup double under Jose Mourinho in 2017, while their wait for a Premier League title will reach a decade at the end of this season.

Ten Hag is very conscious of how difficult it will be to end that wait – which underlines the need for serious investment in the squad – and feels there are as many as eight teams who can compete for the title.

However, while he reeled off a long list that even included 16th-placed West Ham, he forgot about first-placed Arsenal – who are five points clear at the top of the tabl

‘There’s a change in circumstances when you compare [the Premier League] with five or 10 years ago,’ the Dutch coach told reporters. ‘The competition is much tougher.

‘Newcastle are coming, even West Ham, maybe not now in the table but they have huge investment.

‘Spurs definitely and I don’t need to talk about [Manchester] City and Liverpool or Chelsea. You can quickly count seven or eight clubs that can compete in this league.

‘It’s also about strategy not just money. But it’s clear that when you don’t have the right players and quality players you will not be successful and achieve the targets you set.’

Ten Hag says he has spoken to United chief executive Richard Arnold about a potentially looming change of ownership and has been reassured that it will benefit the club.

He continued: ‘There will be more investment possible which is good.

‘We spoke about the culture we want, we spoke about objectives, goals and the culture and he confirmed it won’t change.

‘It will be even better because more money will become available for this project.’

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