Manchester United finds themselves in a last-minute scramble

Manchester United manager Erik Ten Hag
Manchester United manager Erik Ten Hag. Photo by Shutterstock.

Manchester United finds themselves in a last-minute scramble as the summer transfer window edges closer to its September 1 deadline. With just a bit over a week remaining, the club is hustling to finalize their roster for the upcoming season.

The Red Devils have already secured three new players this summer: Andre Onana, Mason Mount, and Rasmus Hojlund. While these additions have come at a cost exceeding £150 million, the squad still thirsts for more reinforcements, particularly in the midfield department. Their recent matches have revealed vulnerabilities in the midfield, leaving Casemiro without adequate defensive support.

The club is rumored to be considering Bayern Munich’s Ryan Gravenberch, a player familiar to manager Erik ten Hag from their Ajax days. Gravenberch, though not an out-and-out defensive midfielder, offers a mix of forward vision and defensive instincts, setting him apart from Mount. However, United’s priority should be securing a true defensive midfielder to solidify their engine room.

Besides bolstering the midfield, Manchester United could use an additional goalkeeper to provide competition for Onana. While Dean Henderson has started as Onana’s understudy, he might seek more regular playtime elsewhere, potentially opening up the door for another shot-stopper.

Offloading surplus players is also high on the club’s to-do list. Eric Bailly and Brandon Williams, for instance, are players with uncertain futures at Old Trafford. Bailly’s departure has been on the cards, yet he remains on the roster, while Williams’s appearances have become sporadic.

Harry Maguire’s situation remains in limbo. A move to West Ham fell through, but with ongoing interest, his departure could still happen. If Maguire does leave, United’s eyes might turn to Bayer Leverkusen’s Edmond Tapsoba to reinforce their defensive ranks.

Donny van de Beek is another player attracting attention. Real Sociedad is reportedly considering a permanent deal for the Dutch midfielder, who hasn’t quite lived up to expectations at Old Trafford.

Youngsters like Facundo Pellistri, Hannibal Mejbri, and Alvaro Fernandez could benefit from loan moves. While Pellistri seems set for a loan to Sheffield United, Hannibal Mejbri and Fernandez also stand to gain from more regular playtime.

In the midst of all these potential deals, the clock is ticking for Manchester United. As the transfer window nears its end, the club faces a crucial period of decision-making that could shape their squad for the upcoming season. With a few key signings and departures, they aim to fine-tune their roster in pursuit of their footballing ambitions.