The takeover issue at Manchester United may be far from over, but the show must go on in terms of Erik ten Hag’s transfer activities.
Indeed, the Dutch manager has begun to construct his team for the coming season, having finalized the transfer of Mason Mount from Chelsea for up to £60 million. Two more acquisitions are likely at Old Trafford next week as the team prepares for a return to the Champions League.
Inter Milan goalkeeper Andre Onana is close to a deal, which might be the end of David de Gea’s stay at Manchester United. Rasmus Hojlund, the 20-year-old striker from Atlanta, is also being chased, with both teams reportedly arguing over the amount.
United supporters should ready themselves for departures, with Harry Maguire expected to lead a mini-exodus. The Mirror Football team has looked at how United might line up against Wolves in their first Premier League encounter on August 14.
Andre Onana, goalkeeper: The Cameroon international is eager on a move to Manchester, and the deal is nearly complete after he met with United officials. He matches the mold that Ten Hag seeks as a ball-playing goalkeeper with quick feet.
Aaron Wan Bissaka, Raphael Varane, Lisandro Martinez, and Luke Shaw are the defenders. The fact that the Dutch manager has not sought big defensive reinforcements implies he is happy with his present back four, with Wan-Bissaka working his way back into the fold last season. But Harry Maguire’s days appear to be numbered.
Midfielders – Casemiro, Bruno Fernandes, Mason Mount: A midfield three to be excited about for United fans. With Casemiro and Fernandes both so important to their League Cup win and a third-place finish, Christian Eriksen’s downturn in form towards the close of the 2022/23 season is likely to see him play second fiddle to new man Mount.
Antony, Rasmus Hojlund, and Marcus Rashford are the forwards. United fans’ chances of acquiring Harry Kane are rapidly evaporating. Rasmus Hojlund, a 20-year-old Atlanta sensation, is prepared to fill the vacuum.
Ten Hag would be taking a risk by signing someone who has never played in the Premier League. A front line filled with pace and threat would be formed by the reinvigorated Rashford and the at times unpredictable, but often brilliant Antony.