Manchester United’s transfer inactivity could be part of their summer masterplan – Anil Kandola


Many Manchester United fans were left simply wanting more as the club went the entire month without securing any permanent deals, either incomings or outgoings. However, there were several significant loan deals, which may provide a glimmer of encouragement.

The likes of Anthony Martial, Donny van de Beek, and Amad all have left the club until the end of the season in pursuit of some much-needed game time. Initially, it may seem this is poor from United as they’ve let players go without bringing in any form of replacements, but this could indicate what’s in store next season.

The inactivity represents interim boss Ralf Rangnick simply doing his job. He’s been employed on an interim basis and hasn’t affected the squad in any way, making it a more straightforward process for the next manager to come in and make his own decisions.

There have been several rumors circulating in the past week that United’s search for a new manager had been put on a temporary hold as they’ve been impressed with Rangnick’s start to life at Old Trafford. But Rangnick didn’t sign or technically sell any of the squad shows he is almost certainly going to take the proposed consultancy role beyond this season.

Martial and Van de Beek were two players who have left United until the end of the season

The players who have left the club have all been loan deals, and as things stand, all of them are set to return to the club next season, showing no change to the squad. It was clear to see both Martial and Van de Beek players were out of favor at United, leading you to believe they’ll be sold. But the fact neither of them left permanently also indicates they may be the next manager’s plans.

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The two names that have been most linked with the club since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking are Mauricio Pochettino and Erik ten Hag.

Beginning with the former, back when he was in charge at Tottenham Hotspur, Pochettino was heavily linked with going in for Martial as he was someone he admired a lot.

The link between ten Hag and van de Beek is quite apparent. Their days together at Ajax led to the player being regarded as one of the top midfielders in Europe.

Speaking to Dutch outlet De Volkskrant last month, Ten Hag was asked about van de Beek’s United situation and stated: “Donny, I find that hard. (It’s a) mortal sin. If you haven’t had a chance yet, then development will also stall. Every now and then you encourage them.”

Ten Hag also said in the interview: “I think I’m ready for it [the next step]. I would be happy to take up that challenge. But I’m not chasing it. If it turns out that step will never come, I will not say that my coaching career has failed. But I think I have sufficient competencies to take on that challenge.”

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These comments made by van de Beek’s former boss almost certainly confirm if Ten Hag was to take over at Old Trafford, we could finally see the best version of the ex-Ajax star. A thriving Van de Beek would feel like a new signing in the heart of the United midfield.

A long-term thought process from United is not something we thought we’d ever see. Initially, it seemed frustrating for United not to sign or even permanently sell any players. Still, Rangnick has understood he’s only there for a short period and has wisely opted not to rock the boat too much.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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