Manchester United

Man Utd decides ‘next three signings’ for Erik Ten rebuild

Manchester United are looking to make more signings for Erik ten Hag, with a right-back, midfielder and striker next on the agenda for the club’s personnel team, according to reports. The Red Devils slowly started to make some amends against their rivals after a dismal start to the campaign, succumbing to defeats against Brighton and Brentford before United made it four Premier League victories in a row.
However, there is a perception that United will need to continue to sign smartly if they are to compete with the likes of Manchester City – which is why the board and Ten Hag are already discussing further signings.

According to the Manchester Evening News, the Dutchman’s rebuild will enter the second phase in January as the club looks to strengthen in three key areas.

Continued competition and cover at right-back is one of the main priorities on the agenda, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s future currently unclear.

The former Crystal Palace player has struggled to compete with Diogo Dalot this season, but for one reason or another – the £50m signing in 2019 has been a bit of a pushover.

In attack, a new number 9 remains a priority for Manchester United, especially with Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract now expiring.

Ronaldo’s contract technically runs until next summer, but United have the option to extend it by an extra year.

But the Ten Hag are now ready to let the Portuguese icon leave after pushing for a summer transfer that never materialised.

The lack of attractive options in the market means United have had to shelve plans to bring in a new centre-forward in the final days of the transfer window.

Victor Osimhen and Ivan Toney have been among those linked with moves to Old Trafford in recent weeks, but United’s targets are currently unspecified.

Reports suggest the Ten Hag could splash out up to £100m for new faces in January – despite spending more than £200m on new recruits this summer.

The departures could further lift the club’s coffers – especially if Ronaldo stays, given that he currently earns a hefty salary.

Furthermore, the impact of the World Cup should not be underestimated, given that players from Qatar may return injured.