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'First thing' - Erik ten Hag and Jim Ratcliffe have laid out Manchester United transfer plans

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Erik Ten Hag is set to sign a new contract at Manchester United after the club decided to keep him in charge. With reinforcements to his coaching staff in the offing, fans are hopeful new signings will soon follow to strengthen the squad.

As MEN Sport reported this weekend, United want a defender, a midfielder and a forward with any further signings likely dependent on getting unwanted players off the books.

Everton centre-back Jarrad Branthwaite, PSG midfielder Manuel Ugarte and Bologna striker Joshua Zirkzee are options. While United works away in the background, it is worth recalling what Ten Hag and co-owner Jim Ratcliffe have said regarding transfers in the build-up to the transfer window. ALSO READ: Three key signings, two coaches and four more transfers could arrive at Manchester United READ MORE: United in talks to keep two players While Ten Hag's future was the talk of the end of the season, there was still time for the manager to discuss his plans for the transfer market.

In April, he said: "We are working in the background on the plans with scouting and our staff. We are working on our plan, which is ready, it just needs [us] to execute. "I trust the new ownership that they will work as quick as possible and will bring new structures and they can execute.

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