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Man United focusing on summer transfers despite Ten Hag admission

Manchester United signed six players over the summer and most of them have already had a major impact on the club’s season, with Lisandro Martinez and Christian Eriksen among those impressing most.

Tyrell Malacia has also done well, whilst Antony’s debut goal against Arsenal provided the perfect springboard for success this season. Casemiro, the Brazil international, has made some promising appearances off the bench but has not started in the league.

Following the game against FC Sheriff last week, manager Erik ten Hag hinted that they are already making plans to strengthen the squad further in January.

Any hopes of additional signings in the upcoming transfer window have, however, been shelved as it has emerged that United are now focusing on potential incomings next summer.

According to The Athletic, Ten Hag will use the international break to evaluate his squad and make plans for the future and transfers could potentially be a topic.

It’s claimed that Ten Hag is keen on continuing his rebuild at Old Trafford but there is a sense that he may have to tone that ambition down due to United’s high expenditure this year.

Read more: Man United top list of overspending clubs in the transfer market

United’s spending this year was record-breaking internally and as per the report, that will affect any funds that would have been available for the January transfer window.

It’s also claimed that United would have tried to sign a right-back if the funds were available, with Sergino Dest among those to be linked frequently in the last week of the transfer window.

SN’s verdict…
United rarely do business in January, with their most recent signing in that window being the arrival of Bruno Fernandes roughly three years ago.

Prior to that, it was the infamous swap deal involving Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. So it can be said that United have experienced varied success in mid-season transfers.

But it must be remembered that United spent in excess of £200m this summer and funds are not limitless. Ten Hag will, however, be encouraged by how quickly his signings have embedded themselves. That will also soften any reservations the club has around handing off the reigns completely on the transfers aspect.

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