It’s only June, and we’ve learned in recent years not to expect much from Manchester United. In fact, Aaron Wan-Bissaka was the last player we signed this month in prior years, back in 2019.
Thankfully, it appears Manchester United is making modest headway toward two transactions, whether they are completed before midnight on June 30 or not.
United are still looking for Andre Onana and Mason Mount, and are hopeful for a favorable outcome. Here’s a look at the current situation, what it all means, and what comes next.
Andre Onana and Mason Mount are the latest Manchester United executives to hold negotiations with Inter Milan over a trade for Andre Onana, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
Inter is eager to sell in order to obtain finances to permanently sign Romelu Lukaku while profiting from Onana.
According to the Guardian, Manchester United are also poised to complete a deal for Mason Mount.
According to the outlet, “Talks are taking place this week, and Chelsea are believed to be ready to put the saga to rest.”
Andre Onana would take over as Manchester United’s first-choice goalkeeper, replacing David de Gea, whose contract is about to expire.
Onana would benefit the entire team by boosting Manchester United’s style of play and ability to hold possession, as well as Erik Ten Hag’s inclination to play out from the back.
Mason Mount would replace Christian Eriksen in United’s starting XI, while also giving a forward alternative to Bruno Fernandes if needed.
According to the Guardian, “Erik ten Hag wants more athleticism in midfield, and Mount is a key target.”
Two good signings; the third is where things become interesting.
Manchester United will benefit from the additions of Andre Onana and Mason Mount. However, they will not transform the Red Devils into title challengers on their own.
United will need one top-tier striker or two excellent strike alternatives to do this. A deal for Harry Kane or Victor Osimhen appears improbable since both players are either unavailable or too pricey.
Randal Kolo Muani, Goncalo Ramos, and Rasmus Hojlund are some names that have been linked.
A deal for Hojlund appeared to be the most likely, and the 20-year-old has a huge talent. However, he is insufficient on his own, therefore United needs to add a more experienced forward beside him.
However, whoever signs, this is when things become really fascinating. Manchester United fans want to see a new striker arrive to relieve the club’s reliance on a never-fit Anthony Martial, whose time at the club has come to an end.
Let’s get Onana and Mount out of the way so that United can focus on a couple of transformative striker additions that can really help the squad move forward.
We can’t get enthused about the team’s chances in 2023/24 without a striker.