Manchester United’s Premier League season hangs in the balance midway, seventh in the table but with a game in the hands of the leaders.
Clubs that don’t live up to their high expectations are typically the busiest in the January window, looking to lock in some difference markers without upsetting the team’s balance. Manchester United falls firmly into that category, and manager Ralf Rangnick now has a number of important decisions to make.
Rangnick will have to decide not just who to bring in, but who can leave, and the club will look to secure the future of some players who have seen less time this season. Room will be needed to bring in reinforcements, with the squad already somewhat bloated.
Additionally, several players do not seem to fit into Rangnick’s established 4-2-2-2 tactical setup and that was evident in the club’s opening loss at home to the Wolves. It remains to be seen how much long-term influence the German interim boss has on the board, possibly asking players to leave or arrive that fit his style.
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Below is the updated list of Manchester United player transactions during the January 2022 transfer window, the updated team roster, and the rumors and reports involving the Red Devils:
Man United Transfers – January 2022 Winter Window
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Squad of man United 2021-22
Below is the updated Manchester United first team roster. Any new additions during the January 2022 window will be indicated in bold:
Goalkeepers (4): David de Gea, Lee Grant, Tom Heaton, Dean Henderson.
Defenders (9): Eric Bailly, Diogo Dalot, Phil Jones, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Alex Telles, Raphael Varane, Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Midfielders (8): Bruno Fernandes, Fred, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba, Donny van de Beek.
Forwards (9): Edinson Cavani, Tahith Chong, Amad Diallo, Anthony Elanga, Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho
Man United’s current projected starting lineup, when fully healthy, currently looks like this:
Starting XI projected by Man United (4-4-2, left to right): De Gea (GK) – Shaw, Maguire, Varane, Dalot – Fred, Pogba, Fernandes, Rashford – Ronaldo, Cavani.
Man United endorsements: Henderson (GK), Jones (CB), Lindelof (CB), Bailly (CB), Telles (LB), Wan-Bissaka (RB), McTominay (CM), Matic (CM), Van de Beek (CM), Mata (CM), Lingard (CAM), Greenwood (CF), Martial (CF), Sancho (LW), Elanga (LW), Diallo (RW), Chong (RW).
(GK = goalkeeper; CB = central; LB = left back; RB = right back; CM = central midfielder; CAM = attacking midfielder; CF = forward center; LW = left wing; RW = right wing)
Man United transfer news and rumors
Here’s the latest on the Man United transfer front based on reports across Europe:
Pogba Status: Latest Updates
Paul pogbaThe position at Manchester United has been a source of constant speculation. The French midfielder never seemed to really settle in Manchester since he joined in the summer of 2016, but speculation is brewing now more than ever as his contract expires this summer and no movement has developed on a new one so far. agreement.
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At 28, Pogba is still in his prime, and while a hamstring injury has derailed his season so far with just nine Premier League appearances, he would be a hot commodity on the market. Manchester United have a choice to make between keeping it until the end of the season for a Champions League boost or pulling the trigger in January to get something for nothing.
A report from ESPN states that Pogba at this point is likely to remain at Man United until his contract expires, and it seems the most likely scenario is a return to Juventus in the summer.
Are Man United looking for a new striker?
The forward does not appear to be a position of necessity for Manchester United, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood holding the position well, but that doesn’t stop the rumors.
According to Spanish tabloid Transfers, the Red Devils could be a player for the Leeds United attacker Raphinha, which is having a stellar season. With eight goals and one assist in 17 Premier League games, the 25-year-old Brazilian also attracted interest from Liverpool, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich, meaning Man United would have tough competition.
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Will Man United unload the dead weight?
The Manchester United squad is currently inflated with a number of fringe players who are desperate for more playing time. As a result, United may be a seller in the January market.
Anthony Martial He has been the most public with his desire to continue, since he has just returned to training after a knee injury. Even before the injury he was a secondary player, and United could look for a loan in January. In fact, that is the focus of an ESPN report since the end of December, indicating that United rejected a loan approach from Spanish Sevilla, after the Spanish club only offered to cover half their salary. Journalist Guillem Balague has endorsed the report, and Sevilla have yet to return with an updated offer.
Another player who longs to leave is Jesse lingard, who has just 87 minutes total in eight Premier League appearances this season. Lack of time has caused Lingard to leave the England team, and Rangnick did not want to give him more opportunities. However, nothing concrete has emerged about a departure in January and The Telegraph reports that Lingard is likely to finish the season at Manchester United and leave in the summer when his contract expires.
Donny van de Beek has been driven by former Dutch star Raphael van der Vaart leave Manchester United in an attempt to gain more minutes, but no solid rumors have emerged as of yet to suggest he might be leaving. There are still three more seasons left on his contract that expires in the summer of 2025.
Defender Axel tuanzebe is scheduled to be withdrawn from his loan to Aston Villa and shipped to Napoli, reportedly including the BBC. Tuanzebe never got set minutes at Villa Park due to the central defensive partnership established between Ezri Konza and Tyrone Mings, but it would be helpful for the Italian team who will miss Kalidou Koulibaly for a month while in AFCON service. United too make some money in the treatment, which is always positive.
Other possible reinforcements of Man United
The Red Devils appear to be more of a seller than a buyer in the January window, but there are a few players worth noting who have been linked to the club.
According to the English tabloids, including the sun, Manchester United are “preparing the ground” for a big money bid for the West Ham midfielder Declan Rice. The defensive midfielder is a position of necessity at Manchester United, especially with Scott McTominay proving to be a useful No. 8. The Red Devils may see this as an immediate necessity and put forth an effort before the summer. Rice’s contract expires in the summer of 2024, so West Ham could be persuaded to get the best dollar now.
Reports in Argentina They suggest Manchester United will meet the River Plate forward’s agent in January. Julian Alvarez. A youth product of River Plate, the 21-year-old has achieved a whopping 24 goals in 42 appearances in all competitions for the Argentine giants, and reportedly has a $ 23 million release clause that United would have to activate. .
There is also talk that Ralf Rangnick could bring a midfielder Amadou Haidara from his former club, RB Leipzig, having been the one who secured the 23-year-old’s services at the Bundesliga club to begin with. The speculation comes from comments that the CEO of RB Leipzig Oliver Mintzlaff did in early December stating that Rangnick “loves” Haidara and that the club hopes to secure a new contract for the midfielder to avoid Manchester United interests, with a $ 44 million buyout clause the club wishes to erase.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.