Manchester United’s Premier League season is on the line halfway through, placing seventh in the table but with one game less against the leaders.
Clubs that fall short of their high expectations are often the busiest in the January window, looking to secure a few difference factors without upsetting the team’s balance. Manchester United fall firmly into this category, and manager Ralf Rangnick now has a number of big decisions to make.
Rangnick will have to decide not only who to bring but who can leave, with the club looking to secure the future for a few players who have seen less time this season. It will take room to bring in reinforcements, the team is already somewhat swollen.
Additionally, a number of players don’t seem to fit Rangnick’s established 4-2-2-2 tactical setup and this was evident during the club’s home loss to Wolves. It remains to be seen what long-term influence the German interim boss has on the board, potentially asking players to leave or arrive that match his style.
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Below is the updated list of Manchester United player transactions during the January 2022 transfer window, the updated roster list, and rumors and reports involving the Red Devils:
Man United Transfers: January 2022 winter window
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Man United Team 2021-22
Below is the updated Manchester United first team roster. Any new additions during the January 2022 window will be noted in bold:
Goalies (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.
Midfielder (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 first-choice starting lineup, when in perfect health, currently looks like:
Man United were projecting the starting XI (4-4-2, left to right): De Gea (GK) – Shaw, Maguire, Varane, Dalot – Fred, Pogba, Fernandes, Rashford – Ronaldo, Cavani.
Man United replacements: 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 = center back; LB = left back; RB = right back; CM = center midfielder; CAM = attacking midfielder; CF = center forward; LW = left winger; RW = winger right)
Man United transfer rumors and news
Here is the latest information on the Man United transfer based on reports across Europe:
Pogba Status: Latest Updates
Paul pogbaManchester United’s position has been the source of constant speculation. The French midfielder has never seemed to really settle in Manchester since arriving in the summer of 2016, but speculation is brewing more than ever as his contract expires this summer and at this point no movement on a new one. agreement never developed.
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At 28, Pogba is still in his prime, and although a hamstring injury has derailed his season so far with just nine Premier League appearances, he would be a highly prized product in the market. Manchester United have a decision to make between keeping him until the end of the season for a Champions League push, or pulling the trigger in January to get something above nothing.
An ESPN report says Pogba at this point is likely to stay at Man United until his contract expires, and it looks like the most likely scenario is a return to Juventus this summer.
Are Man United looking for a new striker?
The forward doesn’t appear to be a necessary position for Manchester United, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood all holding the position well, but that doesn’t stop the rumors swirling around.
Spain tabloid Fichajes says Red Devils could be a player for Leeds United striker Raphinha, which is experiencing a stellar season. With eight goals and one assist in 17 Premier League appearances, the 25-year-old Brazilian has also attracted interest from Liverpool, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich, meaning Man United would have a tough competition.
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Will Man United shed the dead weight?
The Manchester United squad are currently bloated with a number of fringe players desperately in need of more playing time. So it’s possible United will be a seller in the January market.
Antoine Martial was most public with his desire to move on, having just returned to training with a knee injury. Even before the injury he was a full player and United could seek a loan in January. Indeed, this is the subject of an ESPN report at the end of December, stating that United had refused a loan approach from Spain’s Sevilla team, after the Spanish club offered to cover half of their salary. Journalist Guillem Balague saved the report, and Seville has yet to deliver an updated offer.
Another player eager to leave is Jesse Lingard, who has totaled just 87 minutes in eight Premier League appearances this season. The lack of time saw Lingard abandon the England photo, and Rangnick was unwilling to give him more chances. Still, nothing concrete has surfaced about a January departure and The Telegraph reports Lingard is likely to end the season at Manchester United and leave this summer when his contract expires.
Donny van de Beek was pushed by former Dutch star Raphael van der Vaart to leave Manchester United in an attempt to gain more minutes, but at this point no solid rumors have surfaced suggesting he may be leaving. There are still three seasons left on his contract which expires in the summer of 2025.
Defender Axel Tuanzebe should be reminded of his loan to Aston Villa and sent to Naples, according to reports including the BBC. Tuanzebe never got any set minutes at Villa Park due to the central defensive partnership established between Ezri Konza and Tyrone Mings, but he would come in handy for the Italian squad who will miss Kalidou Koulibaly for a month during CAN. United will also be make some money on the case, which is always positive.
Other potential Man United reinforcements
The Red Devils appear to be more sellers than buyers in the January window, but there are a few players of note who have been linked to the club.
Need a new midfielder to team up with Scott McTominay, rumors have surfaced recently of interest in Ruben Neves, via Sky Sports and others, naturally after the Portugal international made the show in Wolves’ 1-0 win over United in early January. It would be a fantastic buy, but Neves is a staple of the Wolves squad and is under contract until the summer of 2024, so he’s another who would seem more likely to be a summer target than immediately.
Manchester United are “setting the stage” for major cash offer for West Ham midfielder, UK tabloids including The Sun say Declan rice. Defensive midfielder is a necessary position at Manchester United, especially with Scott McTominay proving to be a useful No.8. It’s possible the Red Devils will see this as an immediate need and make an effort before the summer. Rice’s contract expires in the summer of 2024, so West Ham could be persuaded to take the best price now.
Reports in Argentina suggest Manchester United to meet River Plate striker’s agent in January Julien alvarez. Produced for the youngsters of River Plate, the 21-year-old has scored 24 goals in 42 appearances in all competitions for the Argentine giants, and is said to have a $ 23 million release clause United are expected to trigger.
There is also talk that Ralf Rangnick could bring in the midfielder Amadou Haidara instead of his former club RB Leipzig, having been the one to service the 23-year-old at the Bundesliga club to start. The speculation stems from comments RB Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff made in early December, indicating that Rangnick “likes” Haidara and that the club are hoping to secure a new contract for the midfielder to ward off Manchester United’s interests. , with a release clause of $ 44 million. would like to clean.