Plum skin Witch He insisted that spending money without strategy was a recipe for failure as he considered Chelsea’s season and the possibility of a takeover. Manchester United.

chelsea has since committed nearly £600m for 16 new signings Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital bought the club a year ago, but the 2021 Champions League winners are certain to finish Old Trafford in the lower half of the table on Thursday.

Ten Hag have spent around £200m in their reign, but United, who finished sixth last season, will be guaranteed a top four finish if they avoid defeat in any of the last two games of the season.

But their future is shrouded in uncertainty as the owners, the Glazer family, put the club up for sale. Ineos businessman Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Qatari billionaire Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad al Thani, both have submitted three bids so far.

When asked about comparisons to Chelsea, Ten Hag argued that ambition and funds were not enough without a proper plan.

“When there is no strategy behind it, or the right strategy, money is useless,” he said. “Right now there’s a centralization of good players, top managers and also money, all here in the UK. And that creates great competition, but it’s also tough and tough competition.

“And you have to do the right things and you may have money but you have to do it and spend it wisely and you also need a strategy behind it because otherwise money is useless.”