Eric Cantona tells Man Utd to be ‘clever like Liverpool’ in Erik ten Hag message

Eric Cantona has told Manchester United to “be clever like Liverpool” in the transfer window.

Erik ten Hag has done an impressive job of instilling order at Old Trafford and returning to winning ways in recent months. But the Red Devils boss raised a few eyebrows by closing in on the signing of Burnley flop Wout Weghorst this week.

That comes despite the Dutch manager admitting United’s signings over the past 10 years have been “average”. And club legend Cantona is in agreement, with the maverick Frenchman offering some stern words of advice to his former club.

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Speaking to The Times, the 56-year-old urged United to look at replicating Jurgen Klopp’s methods at Liverpool when it comes to signing players.

He said: “You have to be clever. Clever like Liverpool. They took Mane and Salah, not the best players in the world, but with a great team and a great atmosphere, together they won things.

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“And then [Sadio] Mane and [Mohamed] Salah became the best players in the world. That's a great example for United.''

United have splashed out £80million on Harry Maguire, £76m on Jadon Sancho and most recently £85m on Antony, all within the last four years. None of those players have come anywhere near justifying their price-tags yet.

Meanwhile, Klopp’s shrewd activity in the transfer market has seen him take educated punts on Mane, Salah and Andy Robertson for low fees, while only splashing when he needs to on the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker.

The result over seven years has been a gradual build-up into becoming one of the most feared sides in the world – this season’s struggles aside. And Klopp has been rewarded with both a Premier League title and the club’s sixth Champions League triumph.

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