Manchester United are currently ‘not actively pursuing’ any transfer targets in the January window but the situations regarding Diogo Dalot, Anthony Martial and Cristiano Ronaldo could force him to change these plans. The right-back has a lack of capable replacements should he pick up an injury while the Frenchman’s own issues mean Erik ten Hag would have a lack of attacking options should the Portugal captain leave this winter.
United had something of a busy summer in the market, bringing six new faces to Old Trafford as Ten Hag started to shape a team in his image. Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen, Lisandro Martinez, Casemiro, Antony and Martin Dubravaka all made the move to join the Red Devils with the club forking out £216million in the process.
The expenditure had left John Murtough previously pledged that the club would focus on the summer as the main time to conduct business and the Manchester Evening News reports that this plan remains the same, at least for the time being. Dalot, Martial and Ronaldo could force the club to reconsider their plans as any injury issues would leave their squad looking light.
The issue is particularly pressing in forward areas with the Frenchman missing most of the season through injury. Ronaldo appears to be desperate to leave Old Trafford and has reportedly been told he can leave if a suitable offer is received for his services.
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The former Ajax boss talked up the potential for Malacia and Victor Lindelof to fill in on the right-hand side should the Portugal star run into issues ahead of the Europa League encounter. Yet this would not be ideal and Ten Hag may be best placed to bring in a new face to serve in the position, potentially using funds from the sale of Wan-Bissaka if a suitor is found.
United supporters have certainly seen improvement under their new manager but still have work to do if they are to secure a place in the Champions League next season. January transfer business may be the best way to achieve this particularly if the same issues continue.
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