Manchester United have had a terrible start to the 2023/24 Premier League season – losing three of their first five games. Fabrizio Romano has now given an update on their early plans for the upcoming January transfer window and how the Antony situation has affected their plans.
Uncertain Future for Antony Leads Man Utd to Possible January Signing
Which Position Might Man Utd Look To Reinforce in January?
The Red Devils have not only been affected by the early losses this season but have seen their attacking force weakened because of the situations around Antony and Jadon Sancho. The former has been given a leave of absence amid domestic abuse allegations against him, while the English winger is on a personal training programme after refusing to apologise to Erik ten Hag for his public post in which he criticised the manager’s treatment of him after the loss to Arsenal this month.
Romano said: “My Understanding” is that the Red Devils are planning to continue with their current squad and the available options despite being offered a few players in recent weeks. He adds that they want to protect young winger Facundo Pellistri and tie him down to a new long-term contract.
The journalist confirmed that the Red Devils could consider signing a new winger if the situations revolving around Antony or Sancho do not change by then.
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What Did United Do During Summer Transfer Window?
Erik ten Hag’s side were proactive in the summer transfer window and worked hard to strengthen their squad. The Red Devils surprised many by signing Mason Mount from Chelsea before sealing a deal to sign Andre Onana from Inter Milan.
They also spent big money to sign Rasmus Hojlund. United also had a busy end to the summer window, signing a backup goalkeeper in Altay Bayindir, an emergency left-back option, with Sergio Reguilon joining on loan from Tottenham Hotspur and a deadline day loan move for Moroccan midfielder Sofyan Amrabat. Despite all the signings, the Red Devils still looked vulnerable in their recent 3-1 loss to Brighton, and they appear toothless in the right-wing area, which is why a new signing in that position remains a likely possibility.