As Manchester United aims to recover from an unsteady start to the season, reports from the Daily Mail claim that the club is eyeing reinforcements in two key areas in the January transfer window.
Under the stewardship of Erik ten Hag, United showed promise in the previous season, spurring hopes for further improvement and a challenge to rivals Manchester City’s dominance.
Despite significant investments in the squad during the last transfer window, United’s current campaign has been disappointing, with the team losing nine of their initial 17 matches across all competitions.
Currently positioned eighth in the Premier League and trailing by six points from a Champions League qualifying spot, United is also languishing at the base of their Champions League group and has already exited the Carabao Cup.
With a tough season unfolding, Ten Hag appears set to make strategic additions this winter to alter the team’s trajectory.
The Daily Mail’s report suggests that United is actively scouring the market to bolster their attack and defense. The club has shown interest in Ivan Toney to enhance their attacking options.
However, his £100m valuation is a significant hurdle, especially since United is constrained by Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations, limiting them to loans or economical acquisitions this January.
The potential sale of Jadon Sancho could inject some much-needed funds for United, which they could then allocate towards landing their main transfer targets.
Defensive targets on United’s radar include Jean-Clair Todibo, Giorgio Scalvini, Edmond Tapsoba, and Jarrad Branthwaite, according to the Daily Mail.
Whether the club will have the financial leeway to secure any of these players in the January window is a matter of speculation.
Given the team’s challenges in goal-scoring and maintaining clean sheets, recruiting a new forward and defender seems a logical move to rectify these issues.
It will be intriguing to watch if Manchester United can execute the necessary changes to these two key areas when the January window opens, potentially revitalizing their season in the latter half.