Manchester United are still in need of reinforcements in certain positions for the 2022-23 season despite having witnessed a hectic summer transfer window.
Following a disappointing 2021-22 season, the Red Devils were looking to bring in several players across multiple positions to back their newly appointed manager Erik ten Hag. United signed six players to improve the team – Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen, Lisandro Martinez, Casemiro, Antony and Martin Dubravka.
The Red Devils have made a mixed start to the 2022-23 season under Erik ten Hag. Man United currently sit fifth in the Premier League table. They also sit second in their Europa League group after four games.
The Red Devils have displayed promising signs under the Dutchman but still look like a work in progress. This could partially be down to the players still adapting to the new system. Nevertheless, Manchester United could still benefit from a few more reinforcements to improve their team and finish the 2022-23 season in the top-four:
1. Central Midfielder
The signing of Casemiro has offered the Dutch manager more quality in the middle of the park. The Brazilian offers a lot of quality defensively and has been influential on the ball too.
Likewise, Ten Hag is spoilt for choice in attacking midfield too. Bruno Fernandes and Christian Eriksen have been very important to United’s system so far this season. Donny van de Beek offers the Red Devils additional depth in that position too.
However, United lack the same quality or depth in the box-to-box midfielder or ball-winning midfielder role. Fred has not received much prominence so far this season, despite being a crucial part of Rangnick’s system last season. Scott McTominay has also been preferred in a deeper role.
The Red Devils have been linked with a move for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham. Reports suggest that United may have to pick between the Englishman, or long-time target Frenkie de Jong. Both players would immediately improve United’s midfield, and allow Ten Hag a lot more flexibility tactically, and for squad rotations.
Cristiano Ronaldo was linked with an outward transfer throughout the recently concluded summer window but ultimately stayed at Old Trafford. Currently 37, the Portuguese attacker’s influence is slowly waning. Ronaldo has largely had a bit-part role so far this season. Anthony Martial has also struggled with injury issues, forcing Marcus Rashford to play down the middle.
Manchester United could target another centre-forward signing as early as the upcoming winter transfer window. This could depend on Cristiano Ronaldo’s commitment to the club, according to reports.
The Red Devils were heavily linked to Benjamin Sesko, who eventually joined RB Leipzig. Another option is Ajax striker Brian Brobbey, who has worked with Ten Hag in the past too. Memphis Depay has also been linked with a return to Old Trafford.
3. Right Back
Diogo Dalot has been impressive under Ten Hag so far. The Portuguese right-back has played in all of United’s games this season so far. On the other hand, Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been relegated to the sidelines, playing just five minutes so far this season. The Red Devils could look to rope in some competition for Diogo Dalot in the right-back slot and offload the former Crystal Palace full-back.
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Inter Milan’s Denzel Dumfries, Borussia Dortmund’s Thomas Meunier and free agent Santiago Arias have been touted as possible options. United could also keep a close watch on Olympique Lyon’s Malo Gusto.
Are there any other positions where Manchester United require reinforcements? Who could the Red Devils sign in the winter transfer window? Let us know in the comments.
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