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Erik ten Hag’s entourage are said to be furious at the nature of his first summer as Manchester United boss. The Dutchman’s side are believed to feel as though they have been left badly disappointed in the transfer market and forced to show some courage with club hero Cristiano Ronaldo fighting to leave behind the scenes.

It didn’t take long for reports to indicate that Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong had become Ten Hag’s prime target after taking control at Old Trafford. The pair previously worked together at Ajax and despite a £72million deal in place for weeks, they have struggled to push the deal through.

The new boss is also forced to scour the transfer market for new attacking players after Cristiano Ronaldo asked to leave the Red Devils last month. Ten Hag publicly maintains that his talks with the Portuguese have been positive, but talks to try to change Ronaldo’s mind over the past few weeks have apparently failed to change his mind.

According to The Mirror, Ten Hag’s advisers are furious with how his first summer at the club has gone. The 52-year-old is believed to have handed transfer chief John Murtough a wishlist of five men, but only three new faces are in the squad with less than three weeks in the window.

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Lisandro Martinez, Christian Eriksen and Tyrell Malacia were signed from Ajax, Brentford and Feyenoord respectively, but none of the three could make a significant impact against Brighton on the opening weekend as the Red Devils stuttered a humiliating 2-1 defeat.

A host of players left Old Trafford at the end of last season, including Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata and Edinson Cavani. This lost a huge chunk of the wage bill but Ten Hag is still awaiting his midfield signing.

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Rangy Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic remains one of the club’s realistic targets, although former United boss Ralf Rangnick has subtly advised the 6ft 7in star against a move to Old Trafford.

“It’s important that Sasa remains injury-free this season and trains and plays at the highest level possible,” he told Sky Austria. “If he stays in Stuttgart this season, it will not be a disadvantage for his development.”

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