Erik ten Hag admits early defeats and market pressure made spending rise | Manchester United

Erik ten Hag has said Manchester United’s transfer budget increased after the opening defeats by Brighton and Brentford, though the manager explained this was down to market forces increasing player valuations.

United lost 2-1 at home against Brighton and 4-0 at Brentford, where the team’s insipid display was of particular concern. Since the Brentford defeat on 13 August, Ten Hag has signed Casemiro for a fee rising to £70m and is poised to add Ajax’s Antony for €100m (£86m) and Martin Dubravka on loan.

With Lisandro Martínez (€50m) and Tyrell Malacia (€17m) bought earlier in…

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