With just over three days left until the transfer window shuts for English Premier
While they have brought in Mason Mount (£55 million), Andre Onana (£50 million) and Rasmus Hojlund (£65 million), Erik Ten Hag’s side are certainly missing another couple of players.
The recent injury to Luke Shaw, who now looks sidelined until November time at best, has caused Manchester United to react by looking into the market for a left back on loan.
FC Barcelona’s Marcos Alonso, Tottenham’s Sergio Reguillon and Chelsea’s Marc Cucurella are all under consideration as options, but so is promoting Álvaro Fernandez and using Diogo Dalot in the meantime on the left-hand side, just as they did against Nottingham Forest.
Fernandez, who has been in Man United’s youth set up for three years after signing from Real Madrid, enjoyed a stellar campaign with Preston North End last year and had been involved in United’s pre-season tour to the United States this summer.
When played, Fernandez is a composed, tidy left back, who has the attacking prowess to make a difference in the final third. While a jump to the Premier League is sizeable, Manchester United fans would much rather see Ten Hag promote one of the club’s own for the next few months, alongside Dalot and the returning Tyrell Malacia, than take another left back from another club.
It has been clear over the last few weeks that Manchester United are having to be cautious moving forward due to the lack of available money to spend. Realistically, to compete this season, the Red Devils would need another two midfielders, a rotating centre forward to ease the pressure off Hojlund and a replacement for the potential outgoing of Harry Maguire.
However, as alluded to, the lack of finances prevent United operating in this way and it is one in for every outgoing. The club have finally sold Dean Henderson, who joins Crystal Palace in a deal worth potentially £20 million to the Red Devils. They have replaced him with Fenerbahce’s shot-stopper Altay Bayindir for just over £5 million to come in as the second choice behind Onana.
For what seems like an eternity, Manchester United have been strongly interested in ACF Fiorentina’s Sofyan Amrabat. The midfielder, who represents Morrocco international and enjoyed a stellar World Cup campaign, has been pining for a move all summer and given his priority to Manchester United.
However, a deal has not been completed as of yet due to the non-movement of Donny van de Beek and potentially Scott McTominay. The former certainly needs to leave, which is likely to be on an initial loan, before the Red Devils can push forward with Amrabat. But with the window ending this week, it is going to be a race against time in order to complete it.
There have been talks held with Bayern Munich over taking Ryan Gravenberch on loan, but Manchester United fans feel that they need a more defensive-minded player who can sit alongside Casemiro and also rotate with him in certain matches as the season becomes more congested.
Time will tell whether Manchester United can secure their primary targets, but there is no doubt they have left a large portion of the work needed until the last remaining days of the transfer window.