Antony deal takes United’s spending past £200m in Erik ten Hag’s first transfer window

Manchester United have been busy in the transfer market this summer and if deadline day goes as planned, six new players will have walked through the doors at Carrington.

Thus far, United have completed deals to sign Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen, Lisandro Martinez, Casemiro and Antony on long-term contracts.

Martin Dubravka, the Newcastle goalkeeper, is also expected to be announced by the club before Thursday night’s deadline but he is likely to join on an initial loan.

Speaking ahead of Thursday’s clash at Leicester, Erik ten Hag admitted that Antony and Dubravka would be the final incomings after a busy summer.

Amid Antony’s signature, United have now passed the £200m mark for expenditure over one summer – and have also set a new club record after spending in excess of £226m.

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That’s according to Sky Sports, via Football Daily, who mark the fee for Antony at a whopping £85.4 – the second most expensive signing made by the Reds.

The transfer window was frustrating for supporters, with the club focusing much of their attention on signing Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona. When that deal appeared to be lost, alternatives were pursued instead.

SN’s verdict…
Ten Hag has a host of problems to address when he took the job and all of them were not going to be solved in one summer but the feeling is that the Dutchman is starting to mould the side to his liking.

He has made sure to sign a left-footed centre-back, a defensive midfielder and a left-footed right-sided winger, adding much-needed balance.

In addition to that, he has almost completely replaced the spine often used under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick. Harry Maguire has been dropped for Martinez, Eriksen and Casemiro are likely to play in midfield and Cristiano Ronaldo has only started one of four games.

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