With Jack Butland already on loan at Old Trafford, potential January business remɑins possible, while summer spending from Manchester United appears likely.
Manchester United may see Wout Weghorst as a short-term solution to their attɑcking problems, but Erik ten Hag’s side has bigger long-term goals.
The mid-season departure of Cristiano Ronaldo has fueled speculation about significant investment in attɑck, and Erik ten Hag may look for a marquee signing over the summer. Qualification for the Champions League would help, with the upcoming Manchester Derby set to remind the 2020-21 runners-up where they stand in relation to the rest of the top four.
There are some familiar names in the news amid reports of a big-money summer approach, but there are also some new reports from England and elsewhere. Here are the most recent lines from Old Trafford.
Kane is one of the summer’s top targets
Manchester United are expected to sign a high-profile striker this summer, with Harry Kane among their targets. According to ESPN, the England captain is one of three potential signings.
Man United fans will recognize the names of the other two players linked with a summer move. Victor Osimhen has long been linked with a move away from Napoli, who currently lead Serie A, and youngster Benjamin Sesko is still on their radar after a 2022 move fell through.
Slovenian forward Sesko has remained at Red Bull Salzburg, where he has progressed following a breakout season last season. RB Leipzig have a deal in place to bring him to Germany in the summer, but ESPN reports that a new offer could force the Bundesliga club to back out of the deal, and the 19-year-old to join Manchester United.
Walker-Peters is a potential right-back
According to talkSPORT, Manchester United have joined Chelsea in their pursuit of Kyle Walker-Peters. The Southampton right-back is under contract until 2025, but a new contract has reportedly fallen through.
Several clubs have expressed interest in Kyle Walker-Peters.
Walker-Peters has been at the south coast club since 2020, when he joined on loan from Tottenham Hotspur. This season, he has played under both Ralph Hasenhuttl and Nathan Jones, and he scored his only goal of the season against Leeds in August.
United’s pursuit of the England international is likely to be contingent on Aaron Wan-future. Bissaka’s West Ham and Wolves have been linked with the £50 million man, who made his first start of the season in December.
Bernard is considering a loan move
Di’Shon Bernard, an academy product, is eyeing a January loan move after recovering from a long-term injᴜry. According to the Manchester Evening News, the defender is eager to spend the rest of the season in the Championship.
Bernard, a center-back, was out until December due to injᴜry. He did, however, return to the field in a mid-season friendly against Cadiz and captained United’s under-21 team in a recent Premier League 2 win at Fulham.
Last season, the 22-year-old was on loan at Hull City, where he helped the Tigers stay in the Championship after earning promotion the year before. According to the MEN, any move will almost certainly necessitate assurances of playing time in the second tier.
Marcus Rashford’s impressive performance helps Man Utd fans forget CR7
At the moment, coach Erik ten Hag is not too concerned about the attɑck, when he is in the hands of a striker who is in high form.
Manchester United have played six games since the 2022 World Cup and in all six of them, Marcus Rashford has made his mark. The England striker has a total of 7 goals, including the decisive goal to bring the club victory over Wolverhampton in the English Premier League on the last day of 2022. In the latest match, he also scored twice, helping Manchester United overcome Charlton to advance to the semi-finals of the League Cup. The 25-year-old striker is the best player in Europe after the 2022 World Cup ends.
At the moment, Rashford also has 15 goals for Manchester United in all competitions this season, three times higher than what he did last season. He also has 6 assists. Perhaps Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from the club helped relieve the pressure of a striker who wɑnted to express himself and Marcus Rashford took his chance, thereby taking an official spot in Manchester United’s attɑck. The 25-year-old striker’s impressive form also makes it easier for him to renew his contract with the club that trained him.