Erik ten Hag confirms Harry Kane’s failure and responds to fans over Man Utd’s struggles

Manchester United wanted to sign Harry Kane before the start of this season but instead recruited Rasmus Hojlund from Atalanta after failing to land the England captain.

Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United wanted to sign Harry Kane last summer(Offside via Getty Images)

Erik ten Hag has confirmed that Manchester United attempted to sign Harry Kane last summer.

United were in the market for a new centre-forward ahead of this season and Ten Hag wanted Kane, who scored a career-high 30 Premier League goals for Tottenham last season. However, the England captain signed for Bayern Munich in a deal worth around £86.4 million.

Instead, the Red Devils signed Rasmus Hojlund from Atalanta, with the Danish international scoring 14 goals in 38 appearances since his signing. Questions were raised when United signed Hojlund, 21, for £64m plus add-ons, but he has shown the potential to become a world-class striker.

“We have made some decisions with talents like Rasmus Hojlund,” Ten Hag told Sky Sports. “I see a forward who already showed it, that we wanted to sign and we couldn’t get it. And then we went to Rasmus because he has talent.”

When asked if he was referring to Kane, Ten Hag continued: “Yes, and you know Harry Kane will give you 30 goals. I think Rasmus will achieve it, but he needs time. It’s not fair to evaluate him in the same way as Harry Kane. He would never I would compare two players because they are very different.

“But with Hojlund I think we had the most potential in the forward position last summer and we are very happy with him. But he also needs time to adapt and we are very happy that he has shown his qualities by scoring goals.

“He had a very good period in which he scored in many games after showing it, but before and after he had some physical problems, which is normal for a young player on the rise. But it has a negative impact on the team’s result and that is what that you have to accept.”

Manchester United tried to sign Harry Kane last summer(fake images)

Ten Hag also appeared to direct a thinly veiled criticism at fans for the criticism of his players. He added: “Then you go back to the fans and the opinion makers, and they don’t understand or don’t want to understand this. That’s how Man United is judged, they only see the result, but we need time.” .