How many signings do Manchester United really need to make this summer?

The summer transfer window, and with it many links, suggests Manchester United and Erik ten Hag are keen to sign half of the continent this summer.

Ralf Rangnick, during his odd caretaker stint at Old Trafford, has revealed he believes the Red Devils need 6-8 new additions this summer to overhaul their squad, but in the months since six players left , and no one new arrived. Carrington Gates.

At present, Manchester United have a total of 28 first-team players for the new campaign, but this includes 6 returning players whose future is unknown, as well as two young players in the form of Hannibal Mejbri and Shola Shoretire.

Beyond that, several players are expected at the start. Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Dean Henderson are all eager to leave amid speculation the new boss will heed Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s offers.

Worst-case scenario, then, Manchester United could end up with as few as 16 of the senior players who finished last season in the squad. That in itself begs the question, how many new additions do they need this summer?

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David De Gea is the undisputed No.1 at Old Trafford despite his flaws, with his shot-stopping abilities still unmatched. Meanwhile, Tom Heaton is contracted until 2023 as a third-choice option for the Red Devils.

Whether or not they need to strengthen therefore depends on whether or not Dean Henderson chooses to leave in search of a chance at first-team football and a return to Gareth’s England squad. Southgate for the next World Cup.

If he does, Erik ten Hag will be on the hunt for a low-cost No. 2, but if he stays it could be one of the few areas that will need little restructuring this transfer window.

Total additions: 0

Defenders

At present, the Red Devils have 11 defenders on their books but that looks certain to change. As mentioned above, three could well move on in the form of Bailly, Jones and Wan-Bissaka, while Axel Tuanzebe and Brandon Williams have both returned from disappointing loan spells and could also leave.

That would leave Manchester United incredibly light at the back, with just one right-back, three centre-backs and two left-backs in their squad. They have been linked with another centre-back, and given the injury and form issues among the current options, it looks like a definite addition this summer.

But, in an ideal world, they could also be looking to add a right-back to compete with Diogo Dalot for a starting spot on that flank. Alex Telles has failed to set the world on fire on the opposite flank in the absence of Luke Shaw, but upgrading both flanks in one summer looks like a tall order, especially with the surgery needed further down the line.

Total number of signatures: 2

Midfielders

Erik ten Hag appears to have his sights set on Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, who he worked with at Ajax on their way to the Champions League semi-finals in 2019.

But there are deeper issues beyond that. Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic all left on free transfers, leaving only Fred, Scott McTominay, Bruno Fernandes and returning Donny Van de Beek as midfield options.

They must start by correcting the persistent lack of a defensive midfielder at the club, which regularly costs the Red Devils points, and in doing so, avoid Paul Pogba’s mistake of buying a luxury player and staking himself out. expect him to solve the multiple midfield issues. .

Beyond that, the Red Devils could look to their academy to find a suitable replacement for Fernandes, although it all depends on Ten Hag’s plans for the Portuguese.

However, it looks like they need at least two additions in the middle of the park.

Total number of signatures: 4

Attackers

Ralf Rangnick has already warned that Manchester United need at least two new strikers this summer, and it’s hard to argue with the German tactician.

Andreas Pereira and Anthony Martial are both returning from loans at Flamengo and Sevilla respectively, but neither are expected to feature prominently under Ten Hag. That leaves Cristiano Ronaldo, 37, as the only recognized centre-forward in the Red Devils squad.

Although Marcus Rashford can operate there, he prefers to work from large areas. Jadon Sancho and Anthony Elanga are in the same boat, while Amad Diallo is unlikely to play much after his absence with Rangers.

It’s a threadbare attack that may well need more than two new faces, especially with the huge number of games that could be on the horizon this season for the Red Devils if they do as well as they hope. . However, it is unclear if they can fund and accommodate three more.

Total number of signatures: 7

Manchester United are a club in crisis and have tried to solve this problem with huge summer spending time and time again since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure. However, this time, with the amount of work needed this summer, they can’t afford to overpay big names that don’t fit a specific plan if they want to change the direction they’re headed.

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