Manchester United may have shown they’re capable of producing a competent performance in Monday’s win over Liverpool, but Erik ten Hag and his team still have real work to do in the transfer market.
This after all, was the summer where there was supposed to be wholesale changes at Old Trafford, with a plethora of incomings and outgoings.
But United have only added Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen, Lisandro Martinez and Casemiro this window, and more players are needed to freshen up a squad which looked badly lacking in confidence during the first two games of the season.
Admittedly there have been more departures, and the summer began with Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Jesse Linagrd and Edinson Cavani all leaving for free. They were followed by Andreas Pereira, who joined Fulham, while Dean Henderson and Alex Telles went out on loan.
But with the window closing on 1 September, there should be plenty more business in the coming week…
Should we expect more signings?
ManchesterWorld has been told United are willing to part with significant fees in order to improve the team before the window closes.
The pursuits of Frenkie de Jong and Antony have dominated much of the summer, and we understand both deals are still possibilities.
Meanwhile, the Independent reports United have agreed personal terms with Antony while the De Jong transfer continues to be held up by the deferred wages he is owed by Barcelona.
The Manchester Evening News also claims that United are set to bid again for Antony, with Ajax holding out for a fee of around £84.15m (€100m).
Another name to be linked with United is Cody Gakpo, with the 23-year-old well known to Ten Hag from his time in the Netherlands.
There have also been suggestions that United could be after a new goalkeeper, with Kevin Trapp of Eintracht Frankfurt mentioned as a possible new recruit for the Red Devils.
Right-back is another area where United could do with an upgrade, and ManchesterWorld understands Denzel Dumfries is a name which has been discussed at the club this summer, although Inter Milan’s asking price could remain a stumbling block.
Which areas need strengthened?
Ideally, United need to add three or four more signings before the end of the window, with a right-back, winger and striker the three positions which need most urgently addressed.
A midfielder may also prove to be a worthy acquisition, especially if it’s a player like De Jong who can control possession from the deeper areas.
A substitute goalkeeper would also not go amiss for the Red Devils following the departure of Henderson to Nottingham Forest.
What about outgoings?
Eric Bailly’s loan switch to Marseille is expected to be completed soon, while Aaron Wan-Bissaka has attracted attention this summer from former club Crystal Palace.
But it’s Cristiano Ronaldo’s future that has generated so many headlines, although speculation that he could depart before the deadline has dwindled of late.
Speaking last week, Ten Hag insisted the striker is still part of his plans, and United have maintained all summer that they do not intend to sell the Portugal international.
Another who has been linked with a move away from United is Scott McTominay, with 90min claiming the academy graduate is of interest to West Ham United, Leicester City, Everton and Southampton.
The Toffees are also keen on another United midfielder, James Garner, with The Athletic reporting that talks about a £14m move are under way.
Hannibal could also be set to leave, with Birmingham City among several Championship clubs keen to take him on loan, while Ten Hag may allow some of his young wingers to temporarily depart, with Amad, Tahith Chong and Shola Shoretire not expected to be near the first team this season.
Nor is Phil Jones, whose extended stint at Old Trafford looks like it could be coming to a close, and the centre-back is currently training away from the first-team group.