Erik ten Hag quizzed on Cody Gakpo ahead of Liverpool move as Manchester United boss backs his forward line after Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial goals

    Erik ten Hag brushed off questions about Cody Gakpo with Liverpool set to beat Manchester United to the signing of the Netherlands star.

    Jurgen Klopp’s side have agreed a deal to sign the PSV Eindhoven winger for an initial £37million, plus another £13m in add-ons.

    Ten Hag was quizzed about United’s January transfer plans

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    Ten Hag was quizzed about United’s January transfer plans

    The Red Devils have shown a strong interest in the World Cup star, but have seemingly been pipped by their Premier League rivals.

    United boss Ten Hag is be looking for attacking reinforcements following Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure, but would not be drawn into Gakpo talk following the 3-0 win over Nottingham Forest on Tuesday.

    When quizzed on the links to the Dutch star, he said: “I’m not looking at other teams, I am looking at our team.

    ”I am convinced of the squad we have, the players in our team, they have the capabilities, individual and as a team to compete with all of those teams.”

    Speaking to Amazon Prime, he added: “I don’t talk about individual cases. We are looking for offensive players, we are looking for a striker. Would be good because with the games coming, so many, every third day, and it’s tough.

    “We want to play in all the leagues we are in and stay in those leagues. Hopefully it can keep going until the end of the season. You need numbers to cope with it all.”

    Gakpo is heading to Liverpool when the January transfer window opens

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    Gakpo is heading to Liverpool when the January transfer window opens

    Ten Hag also expressed faith in his current strikers, with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial both on the scoresheet as they dispatched Forest 3-0.

    “I never spoke about that I have doubt about that on the counter side,” Ten Hag said.

    “We have (Alejandro) Garnacho, we have (Anthony) Elanga, we have numbers as well, but those four didn’t play two games together. I think only Everton.

    “When we can play those front four often together there will be more routines and when we get more routines in we have more of a goalscoring threat and that is what you see tonight, we score three goals. I am quite happy with them.

    “When you are critical – and I am – there is room for improvement because we should score more than three goals with the chances we create but I’m happy with creating all those chances.”

    Martial and Rashford were on fire for Man United against Nottingham Forest

    Martial and Rashford were on fire for Man United against Nottingham Forest

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