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Refiring the Red Devils: Expected Manchester United Transfers by Close of 2024

2024/05/10 11:31

Manchester United's Dutch manager Erik ten Hag enjoyed a bright debut season at Old Trafford. Nonetheless, the Reds have suffered a chastening EPL in 2023/2024 marked by unsatisfactory performances, suffering embarrassing defeats to the likes of Copenhagen, Galatasaray and many others. New investment from INEOS boss Sir Jim Ratcliffe has stimulated fresh hope of a brand new era in Manchester, despite displays on the pitch remaining mixed.

Ratcliffe is still seeking to appoint Newcastle’s Dan Ashworth as sporting director and hopes to attract Jason Wilcox from Southhampton as technical director. The transfer window this summer will be crucial to United's short and long-term future; with rumours of dressing room discontent, from bolstering the backline to fortifying the midfield every component should be meticulously planned by ten Hag – even right down to offering free pokies evenings, group holidays and team dinners for the players' relaxation and camaraderie off the pitch.

United's squad are in critical need of reinforcements in fundamental positions; their first-choice eleven could look very different next season as Ratcliffe bids to make his first full season as co-owner unforgettable. Thus, this primer provides a potential lineup for the Red Devils ahead of the 2024 summer transfer window.

Goalkeepers and Defenders: A Shaky Backline

INEOS and Ratcliffe have assumed football operations and have already implemented numerous alterations during their short time in charge. United are in desperate need of recalibration in defence, the with future of several current players in doubt.

Erik ten Hag will undoubtedly continue to back André Onana as his first-choice goalkeeper and remains steadfast in his belief it was the right decision to sign him after David De Gea's departure last summer. Meanwhile, Lisandro Martinez is anticipated to become United's most trusted defender in the centre next season while Luke Shaw remains quality on the left. Both players must remain fit, however.

Jonny Evans will almost certainly leave the club this summer, aged 36 and seeking retirement. Meanwhile, Raphael Varane has also been rumoured with a potential exit, despite United having an option to extend his deal. He has, however, vowed to fight for his place recently.

Harry Maguire's future continues to look bleak while Varane and Victor Lindelof have failed to impress. Ergo, a new central defender could be required, with Jarrad Branthwaite an achievable option interesting many EPL and European clubs already. 21-year-old Branthwaite would not come cheaply; however, he has shown all the characteristics demanded of a modern central defender.

Ten Hag may try to coax Jeremie Frimpong to Manchester United in the summer, with the 23-year-old Leverkusen defender delivering a remarkable amount of goals and assists from wing-back this season. Diogo Dalot has been inconsistent this season while Aaron Wan-Bissaka has glaringly apparent limitations in attack. Lastly, left-back Tyrell Malacia has not appeared since undergoing knee surgery last year, with an unknown status at the time of writing.

Midfield Maestros: Partnering Mainoo

Ten Hag may or may not be in the hot seat next season, depending on Jim Ratcliffe's assessment in the final EPL fixtures. If he resumes and persists with his favoured formation, a 4-2-3-1 requires two dependable holding midfielders. United's midfield looks frail, with Casemiro ageing and slowing noticeably, Scott McTominay perhaps not consistent enough and Mason Mount largely injury-hit.

The Red Devils are blessed with one of the most thrilling young midfielders in the EPL. Kobbie Mainoo has been one of the few positives this season and should continue in the first team indefinitely. His goal in the recent EPL match against Liverpool was world-class. However, Mainoo cannot carry the team alone; ten Hag may return once again for Frenkie de Jong, currently enjoying a solid run in the Barcelona team under Xavier Hernández.

Attacking Prospects: Supporting Hojlund

United have an abundance of attacking possibilities in their ranks, with Rasmus Hojlund proving himself as a reliable source of goals over early 2024 and winning the Player of the Month award last February. The Dane was signed last summer for £72m, making a sluggish start to life in Manchester. However, his pace and power as a striker have become vital in recent weeks for the Reds.

Erik ten Hag disclosed that FFP concerns were an obstacle blocking United from adding another forward in January. Anthony Martial's injury prompted the club to explore alternatives, with the Frenchman potentially departing finally in the summer. Several outstanding candidates could fill that role, with Brighton striker Evan Ferguson a promising prospect, alongside Karim Benzema, Goncalo Ramos and Moises Kean.

The United skipper Bruno Fernandes still has undoubted quality, regardless of questions surrounding his captaincy. Meanwhile, Marcus Rashford's form has plummeted since last season's highs, ultimately opening a clear route for Alejandro Garnacho this season who has shown remarkable promise. United legend Wayne Rooney recently noted that Rashford "looks unhappy" on the pitch and could yet leave his boyhood club. 


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2024-05-03 16h37m by jgibsonson
Disappointing season for Man United under ten Hag. Embarrassing defeats and mixed performances. But new investment brings hope for a fresh start. Let's see if Ratcliffe's appointments make a difference.
2024-05-03 16h30m by hturnerford
As a football fan reading this article, I must say that I am disappointed with Manchester United's recent performances. Despite having a promising debut season under manager Erik ten Hag, the team has struggled in the EPL and faced embarrassing defeats. However, the news of new investment from INEOS and potential appointments of Dan Ashworth and Jason Wilcox bring a glimmer of hope for the future. It's time for the Reds to turn things around and start performing on the pitch.
2024-05-03 16h12m by edavidson
As a football fan, I'm feeling really disappointed with Manchester United's recent performances. Ten Hag's first season showed so much promise, but it's been a huge letdown. The embarrassing defeats to smaller teams are just unacceptable. Hoping for a change with the new investment, but not feeling too optimistic with the potential appointments.
2024-05-03 15h37m by awalkerson7
As a football fan, I must say I'm disappointed with Manchester United's season under Erik ten Hag. The embarrassing defeats to smaller teams like Copenhagen and Galatasaray have been hard to swallow. But with new investment from Sir Jim Ratcliffe, I have hope for a fresh start. Hopefully, the appointments of Dan Ashworth and Jason Wilcox will lead to better performances on the pitch.
2024-05-03 15h14m by sparkerfield
Disappointed to see the Reds struggling this season after a promising start under Erik ten Hag. Hopefully the new investment from INEOS will bring some much-needed changes to the club. Excited to see who they will appoint as sporting and technical directors.


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