Manchester United ins and outs – summer transfers 2021

The 2021 summer transfer window will be closed soon and Manchester United’s business is done, so we’ve tracked all of the comings and goings.

It has been reported by two credible journalists — Laurie Whitwell and Simon Stone — that United’s work in the transfer window this summer is complete.

The Reds started the summer by confirming the arrival of experienced goalkeeper Tom Heaton, who rejoins the club as a backup option after a very good career in the top-flight.

A deal to sign Jadon Sancho was finalised after Euro 2020. United’s interest was the worst kept secret in football for over a year, but this summer he finally switched from Borussia Dortmund.

Then United added four-time Champions League winner Raphael Varane, with the Frenchman making his United debut at the weekend as the Reds beat Wolves 1-0.

On top of that, the club announced the signing of five-time Ballon D’or winner Cristiano Ronaldo, who comes back after leaving 12-years-ago.

The only bit of movement on deadline day saw Daniel James move to Leeds United.


Tom Heaton
Jadon Sancho
Raphael Varane
Cristiano Ronaldo


Di-Shon Bernard – Hull City
Nathan Bishop – Mansfield Town
Tahith Chong – Birmingham City
Reece Devine – St Johnstone
Will Fish – Stockport County
Ethan Galbraith – Doncaster Rovers
James Garner – Nottingham Forest
Ethan Laird – Swansea City
Dylan Levitt – Dundee United
D’Mani Mellor – Salford City
Facundo Pellistri – Alaves
Andreas Pereira – Flamengo
Axel Tuanzebe – Aston Villa
Brandon Williams – Norwich City


Sergio Romero
Jacob Carney
Johan Guadagno
Mark Helm
Iestyn Hughes
Oliver Kilner
Charlie McCann
Joel Pereira
Arnau Puigmal
Max Taylor
Daniel James

Stretty News verdict

Manchester United had three areas with pressing issues to address this summer: at centre-back, midfield and on the right wing.

Realistically speaking, to sign the desired quality in all three positions was always unlikely — especially considering how we didn’t shift as many fringe players as we’d have liked.

Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane are two quality additions and Cristiano Ronaldo’s signing was opportunist but doesn’t need any explanation because he’s still one of the best players in the world.

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Although it was a very good window, United are still short in midfield but I think they already know who they want in that department — but have been made wait because that player is not available or has been priced out of a move this summer.

That was pretty clear against Wolves on Sunday when Fred offered ‘protection’ for the back four. Hopefully Scott McTominay that make that role his own when he returns from injury.

A year on from now, I think we’ll have signed a defensive midfielder and a replacement for Edinson Cavani.

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