Manchester United are expecting a quiet end to the January transfer window in terms of new signings despite Erik ten Hag’s latest major injury blow, according to reports. Anthony Martial is facing an extended spell on the sidelines after undergoing groin surgery but is unlikely to be replaced by a marquee name before the winter deadline.
Ten Hag’s second season in charge of United has been heavily disrupted by relentless injury issues, leaving him regularly short of competition in different areas.
Rasmus Hojlund landed at Old Trafford in a £72million deal from Atalanta, becoming the most expensive striker in the club’s history.
However, he arrived as an inexperienced 20-year-old needing a more seasoned goalscorer to aid his development.
Martial hasn’t stepped up as his persistent injuries continue to plague his United career, contributing to underwhelming performances when given the chance.
It has thrown Hojlund in the deep end, and reports claiming United have prioritised a new striker this summer come as no surprise, given his early struggles.
But the Red Devils look set to leave him short of competition for the remainder of a disappointing campaign, with all focus on Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS’s maiden transfer window later in the year.
According to talkSPORT, United don’t expect any major signings before the January transfer window slams shut next week despite Karim Benzema pushing for a move away from Saudi Arabia.
The report adds that the arrivals suite at Old Trafford remains likely to be quiet this winter, a stark comparison to the departures lounge, despite Martial’s injury opening a great opportunity to recruit emergency back-up.
United have offloaded nine players this month, eight on loan and Mateo Mejia on a permanent deal to Sevilla.
Facundo Pellistri looks set to be the 10th departure of the window as the 22-year-old winger closes in on a short loan to La Liga outfit Granada.
Donny van de Beek, Jadon Sancho, Hannibal Mejbri and Sergio Reguilon represent the senior exits.
It runs the risk of leaving Ten Hag short of options if United’s injury woes continue across the second half of the season.
But the M16 giants’ proactivity in shifting players, many of whom have buy options in their loan contracts, is a promising indicator of Ratcliffe and INEOS’ ruthless streak.
The 71-year-old investor is tasked with driving change at United and has already started his sporting shake-up ahead of the Premier League ratifying his investment next month.
Further changes to the hierarchy after Omar Berrada’s appointment as chief executive appear to be the current priority. However, plans are undoubtedly already in place for a busy summer of business.