What may the Manchester United squad look like at the start of the 2022/23 season? To make a prediction, we used Football Manager 2022.
Manchester United are expected to make significant changes to their team this summer, with the transfer window officially open and a new manager in charge.
It will be Erik ten Hag’s first transfer window as manager of United, and as usual, some of Europe’s greatest talents are being linked with a move to Old Trafford. United have been discussing new forwards, central defenders, and central midfielders, with the latter being the priority after failing to reinforce that position last summer.
Frenkie de Jong, Christian Eriksen, Darwin Nunez, Jurrien Timber, and Christopher Nkunku are just a few of the players connected with a move to Ten Hag’s team ahead of the new season. Along with new arrivals, United has said farewell to some long-serving players, including Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Jesse Lingard, and Juan Mata.
So, who may United recruit this summer, and how will United’s starting XI look when the transfer window closes in 2022? Let us investigate.
Antony (Ajax) – £68m
Josko Gvardiol (RB Leipzig) – £46.5m
Ibrahim Sangare (PSV) – £29m
Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Dortmund) – £22.5m
Marco Asensio (Real Madrid) – £17m
Marten de Roon (Atalanta) – £16.75m
Manchester United’s 2022/23 team is expected to be announced following the 2022 transfer season.
We used Football Manager 2022 to anticipate United’s incomings, outgoings, and future starting XI to see what the squad could look like at the start of the 2022/23 season. This is what occurred!
In the summer transfer window, Manchester United prioritized the core of their squad, bringing in one center-back, two defensive midfielders, two dynamic offensive midfielders, and one exciting forward.
Antony was the biggest signing of the summer, rejoining with Ten Hag in a £68 million deal. Josko Gvardiol joined to bolster the defense.
Ibrahim Sangare and Marten de Roon were signed as new defensive midfielders to help United’s core. Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio and Borussia Dortmund’s Thorgan Hazard were both signed to the squad, bringing the total outlay to £200 million.
Fred was sold to Al-Sadd in Saudi Arabia, while Axel Tuanzebe joined Al-Shabab. Dylan Levitt, a young midfielder, has joined the San Jose Earthquakes, while midfielders James Garner and Donny van de Beek have been loaned out for the season after failing to find a place in Ten Hag’s squad. Interestingly, United was unable to offload talents such as Anthony Martial, who eventually remained at the club.
Transfers out: £23 million
Fred (Al-Sadd) – £23 million
Dylan Levitt (San Jose Earthquakes) – Free transfer
Matej Kovar (Dukla Prague) – Free transfer
Axel Tuanzebe (Al-Shabab) – Free transfer
James Garner (West Brom) – Loan (£95k)
Donny van de Beek (Inter) – Loan
So, how did Manchester United line up in their first game following the 2022/23 transfer window? Let us investigate.
United’s starting lineup for the 2022/23 season has been forecasted.
United started four of their new acquisitions in Ten Hag’s first game after the transfer window closed. Antony started on the right, Sangare and De Roon in the double pivot, while Gvardiol joined Raphael Varane in defense.
De Gea; Dalot, Varane, Gvardiol, Shaw; Sangare, De Roon; Antony, Fernandes, Sancho; Ronaldo started the opening game of the 2022/23 season.
United should be able to boost both their starting XI and general depth this summer, according to Football Manager 2022, with a potential clear-out of aging and out-of-favor players. However, with so many additions occurring at the same time, it may take some time for the group to gel, perhaps putting United at a disadvantage at the start of the season.