Manchester United could look to the transfer market to sign a new midfielder on loan before the January transfer deadline according to Sky Sports’ Dharmesh Sheth. Whether they move or not will depend on the extent of the injury picked up by Christian Eriksen in a win over Reading at the weekend.
Manchester United Could Seek Emergency Midfielder Loan Signing in January
Christian Eriksen Importance
The Danish midfielder produced a pretty impressive performance in the win over Reading, running the show in midfield and playing a role in the opening goal for Casemiro. However, he got injured in the second half following a cynical challenge from Reading striker Andy Carroll.
Eriksen – who has been termed as a ‘fantastic footballer’ by ex-United midfielder Michael Carrick this season – was seen walking out of Old Trafford on crutches after the game, with fans fearing that he might be out for a long time. This will leave the Red Devils short of midfield options and per reports, the seriousness of the Dane’s injury will dictate if they go out and try to sign a midfielder on loan before January 31.
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However, it is unlikely to be a ‘big signing’ because of how little time is remaining before the winter window shuts. United have made two signings in January so far, both on loan, in the form of Wout Weghorst from Burnley and Jack Butland from Crystal Palace as the replacement for the departed Martin Dubravka.
Short of Options
The Athletic’s David Ornstein, however, sings a different tune when it comes to the possibility of the Red Devils making more January signings. He claims that the team are unlikely to make any more additions to their squad in the winter window, irrespective of whatever happens with the final results of the extent of Eriksen’s injury.
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If the Danish midfielder is left on the injury table for an extended period of time, then Erik ten Hag will only have the likes of Casemiro, Fred and Scott McTominay as his senior midfield options. With his side set to play 10 games in the next month or so, the Dutch coach must use his options well – especially if he is unable to sign another midfielder before deadline day.