Erik ten Hag could sign two attackers if Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Man Utd before the transfer deadline, according to reports.
The Red Devils are looking to bring in a number of players before the transfer window after a dodgy start to the new Premier League season.
Ten Hag lost his opening two Premier League fixtures to Brighton and Brentford with the latter a 4-0 mauling by Thomas Frank’s men.
However, they showed lots of fighting spirit to produce an impressive performance in a 2-1 victory over Liverpool on Monday night to leapfrog their arch-rivals in the league.
Ronaldo has caused Man Utd and Ten Hag their biggest headache over the summer transfer period with the Portugal international insisting that he wants to leave the club this summer in search of Champions League football.
His future remains unresolved heading into the final week of the transfer window with Man Utd reportedly now open to selling him if the opportunity arises.
And The Athletic now claim that a ‘concerned’ Ten Hag has told Ronaldo that he ‘either he accepts being rotated in and out of the team and cracks on or a new club needs to be found’.
They describe Ronaldo’s options as ‘slim’ with the Portugal international struggling to find suitors this summer with the only concrete offer coming from an unnamed club in Saudi Arabia.
The Athletic adds: ‘Ten Hag still wants an attacker regardless, and probably two if Ronaldo leaves.’
Ronaldo’s Man Utd and international team-mate, Bruno Fernandes, hinted that the 37-year-old could leave this summer in an interview after their victory over Liverpool.
Fernandes told Eleven Sports: “There is a lot of speculation, but there is no one better than Cristiano to talk about it.
“I may know a thing or two, but I won’t be the one to say it. Cristiano is calm, he worked well this week, he did his work as he has been doing, he will continue to do so.
“For now he is a United player, I don’t know about his future, if he will leave or if he will not leave. As he said, he will speak soon and they will have time to hear his words and what he has to say.
“I don’t think anyone has shown so far that there was no interest in Cristiano not staying. He can continue at a high level and give us a lot of goals but it’s his decision.
“We have to respect what he wants to do, whatever he wants to do. If he’s going to stay, we’ll be happy about it, if he’s going to leave because he thinks it’s best for him, I’ll be personally happy for him.
“The most important thing is that he’s okay, at the highest level and make our country proud.”