Most Manchester United fans have been left desperately disappointed by the club’s lack of activity in the January transfer window.
While United are to be commended for the number of departures they have been penalized in such a short time, there was an expectation that at least A fresh face would be brought to the club in the mid-season window.
Ralf Rangnick has made many changes since arriving at Old Trafford, although the German has so far been unable to address United’s lack of control in midfield, a situation that looks set to continue without being able to sign a midfielder in January.
Not only has the club failed to sign an elite number six this month, it has also potentially caused itself even more trouble.
Two significant departures in the form of Anthony Martial and Donny van de Beek have narrowed the options available to Rangnick.
Martial definitely needed to secure a move because he just wasn’t getting the minutes he needed to regain his confidence and get his career back on track.
The Frenchman’s loan to Sevilla is undoubtedly a nice move for him, but it could leave United a bit short in the forward department.
Edinson Cavani has had a number of injury problems since moving to Old Trafford. The Uruguayan’s impact on the club has been immense, but he is definitely not a player who can guarantee that he will be available for a selection every week.
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Cristiano Ronaldo will turn 37 in February and it would be naïve to think it impossible for him to never get injured, while Marcus Rashford’s spotty form means it would be unwise to have to rely on the England international to score the goals needed to secure a place in the top four. first.
United have been left in a very similar situation in midfield following Van de Beek’s move to Everton.
Should Bruno Fernandes or Jesse Lingard get injured or suffer poor form, United will rely on youngsters like Hannibal Mejbri and asking a 19-year-old to carry the Champions League hopes of a club like United could be too much. to ask.
Even backup option Lingard could have a hard time stepping in should Fernandes get hurt. The England international has barely had a chance in the first team of late, so it would be a tall order for him to make an immediate impact.
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There are still plenty of games to play this season and so United could yet succeed in what looked to be a disappointing campaign.
Rangnick still has a relatively big squad at his disposal, but a failure to address areas of weakness coupled with the departures of the likes of Martial and Van de Beek could come back to haunt United.
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