Manchester United’s efforts to rebuild in the summer haven’t yielded the desired results so far. The current season has highlighted the need for significant improvements, calling for a further overhaul of the squad.
Manager Erik ten Hag must reevaluate his plans for the future, both in terms of potential transfers and player departures. Here’s a look at five realistic players Manchester United could target and five who should be replaced.
Goncalo Inacio: Sporting center-back Goncalo Inacio is ready for the next step in his career. The 22-year-old, now a regular for the Portugal national team, has caught the attention of Manchester United scouts. Inacio’s £52 million release clause makes him an affordable defensive option.
Jean-Clair Todibo: Another promising center-back, French international Jean-Clair Todibo has had an impressive start to the season with Nice in Ligue 1. Manchester United were linked to Todibo right up to the transfer deadline. At 23, he offers a valuable defensive addition alongside Inacio.
Ivan Toney: Manchester United require a reliable goalscorer to alleviate the pressure on Rasmus Hojlund while not hindering his development. Ivan Toney, at 27, fits the bill. He has a proven track record in the Premier League, a strong desire to test himself at a higher level, and the physical presence to lead the line effectively.
Arthur Vermeeren: Royal Antwerp’s young playmaker, Arthur Vermeeren, is earning acclaim for his performances and is considered the next big star for his country. The central midfielder has already notched two Champions League assists this season, with reported interest from Manchester United.
Adam Wharton: Another promising talent, Manchester United could explore the Championship for rising star Adam Wharton. The young defensive midfielder has already accumulated 33 first-team appearances for Blackburn and would be an affordable addition. Reports suggest United’s interest in late August.
Jadon Sancho: Jadon Sancho’s departure from Manchester United appears imminent. He has been absent from first-team training for over a month, and his first two seasons with the club were underwhelming. With Amad Diallo ready to step up, Sancho is surplus to requirements.
Victor Lindelof: After six full seasons at Manchester United, it’s time for Victor Lindelof to move on at the end of the current season. Turning 30 next July, United’s defense needs fresh faces and younger talents.
Donny van de Beek: Donny van de Beek should have departed in the summer. He doesn’t feature in Erik ten Hag’s plans, and his career has veered off course since his 2020 move to Manchester United. An exit in January is anticipated if a suitable club can be found.
Raphael Varane: Despite his class, Raphael Varane has struggled with the Premier League’s intensity and recurring injuries. Turning 31 in April, a fresh start may be in his best interest. Jean-Clair Todibo represents a younger, more dynamic alternative to Varane.
Anthony Martial: Anthony Martial’s contract expires at the end of the upcoming season, and there’s no compelling case for a renewal. While he’s currently being used as a reason not to sign another striker, Manchester United needs a superior alternative.