‘Erik ten Hag needs more stars and more quality to take Man Utd to next level’

Erik ten Hag needs more resources to take Manchester United to the next level, says Jaap Stam.

The Red Devils finished last season in third spot to book their place in the Champions League. Ten Hag was subsequently given cash to splash this summer and spent around £170 million bolstering his ranks.

But with most of the budget blown on just three players – Andre Onana, Rasmus Hojlund and Mason Mount – Ten Hag has also had to dip into the loan market.

Sofyan Amrabat was brought in from Fiorentina, along with Sergio Reguilon from Premier League rivals Tottenham.

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Veteran centre-back Jonny Evans, meanwhile, returned to Old Trafford on a free transfer.

"Looking at it from the outside I would say he needed to have a couple of extra players in with extra ability," said former United defender Stam. "He needed to have the numbers due to injuries of course.

"And he got good players in, but are these players who can take United to the next level? That's the big question.

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"I'm a bit doubtful, although hopefully as a team and as a unit they can do very well. But I do think he still needs extra quality in that team to make a big difference."

Hojlund, 20, cost an initial £64 million from Italian side Atalanta. The Denmark international bagged nine Serie A goals last term and was also being courted by PSG.

He impressed during a cameo appearance in United's 3-1 defeat to Arsenal last weekend.

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But Stam – a treble winner with United in 1999 – has urged fans to be patient with the young striker.

"He's a very good player," he added. "He's got a great left foot and can run and dribble past players.

"But it's a big thing to ask him to produce straight away. He needs time to get used to his team-mates, the league and the opposition teams he's going to face and their defences. It's a different way of playing than in Italy."

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