Asked if United need a striker, Ten Hag said: “We have lost a striker so we need to get a striker in.
“But he has to be right one who brings quality into team not just adding to squad. The only causes problems. The criteria is high here at Man Utd.”
Ten Hag’s remarks came before Cody Gakpo’s move to Liverpool was confirmed. Man United was linked with the Dutchman last summer.
The Red Devils face Nottingham Forest today with Anthony Martial as their sole recognised striker following Ronaldo’s departure.
Although there is still plenty of time left to make a signing this winter, it’s left to see if there is any available option in the market for Manchester United to choose from.