Liverpool legend Graeme Souness has named Antony, Andre Onana, Tyrell Malacia and Lisandro Martinez as four signings made by Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag that have not “massively improved” during the Dutchman’s spell at the club.
The Red Devils boss started his squad rebuild in 2022 with the addition of several new signings including Casemiro, Tyrell Malacia, Antony, Lisandro Martinez and Christian Eriksen.
The United boss also added the likes of Andre Onana, Rasmus Hojlund and Mason Mount over the summer transfer window.
Speaking in his column for the Daily Mail, Souness offered his verdict on Erik ten Hag’s transfer dealings amid the part takeover of the club by Sir Jim Ratcliffe.
While Souness claimed that Ratcliffe has a “mountain to climb” at United, the former Sky Sports pundit pulled no punches towards Antony, Martinez, Onana and Malacia.
“I read in this newspaper a couple of days ago that Erik ten Hag has welcomed the arrival of Ratcliffe because he is frustrated with recruitment,” he wrote.
“I’m sorry, but the manager doesn’t get a free pass. His three former Ajax players he has signed at a cost of £170million — Antony, Lisandro Martinez and Andre Onana — were his picks, and I’m sure Tyrell Malacia from Feyenoord would also have been.
“I don’t think any [of] them have massively improved the team, so Ten Hag cannot absolve himself from recruitment issues.
“Ratcliffe will know all of these challenges that lie ahead. When I met him, he ended up buying Nice.
“I’m not sure Nice have improved under his stewardship, but the experience will serve him well.”