Ten Hag Is Frustrated: What United Plan To Do After Missing Out On Gakpo

Ajax Amsterdam coach Erik ten Hag in the Champions League.

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Erik ten Hag is delighted with the performance of his players, who have turned in back-to-back dominating performances against Burnley and Nottingham Forest after a long break because of the World Cup.

However, despite the Red Devils putting three past Forest at Old Trafford, the Dutchman reiterated his intention to bring in a new forward in his post-match interview on Tuesday.

The former Ajax boss was keen to add Cody Gakpo to his ranks and is understood to be frustrated United could not sign the PSV talisman, who’s set to be unveiled as a Liverpool player.

As per ESPN, Ten Hag isn’t best pleased with the situation but remains hopeful the Premier League giants can still sign a short-term replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo in January.

United allegedly didn’t submit an official bid for Gakpo because they couldn’t match the financial package offered by their fierce rivals.

The club hierarchy are looking for short-term loan deals to bolster Ten Hag’s attack.

Joao Felix is on United’s shortlist, and has been made available for a loan by Atletico Madrid. But the Portuguese talent is unlikely to come for cheap, with Atletico demanding a significant loan fee.

Alvaro Morata, who has enjoyed an upturn in form under Diego Simeone this season, is also an option for United.