Manchester United saw the January transfer window as an opportunity to shed some of their players who needed first-team minutes, whether they were fringe players struggling to break into the starting XI or youngsters seeking senior football experience.
United fans were left frustrated by the lack of efforts to strengthen the squad during the mid-season window, a sentiment Arsenal supporters know all too well.
Having loaned out the likes of Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Folarin Balogun, the Gunners realized that there were hardly any central midfielders or central forwards left at the club.
After their search for Dusan Vlahovic fell through, many hoped they would regroup before trying to sign a striker in the summer; instead, they decided to make matters worse by selling their most prolific striker.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s very public falling out with Mikel Arteta has seen the Gabon international secure a move to La Liga giants Barcelona. No matter what you think of Aubameyang, his departure is a huge blow to Arsenal’s hopes of finishing in the top four.
The only recognized Arsenal strikers left at the club now are Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah, neither of whom have been particularly prolific in recent seasons.
The Gunners are now in grave danger of falling behind in the race for the top four and that can only be good news for Ralf Rangnick and United.
It should be added that United cut their top-tier options in January.
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Calling Anthony Martial out on loan could prove to be a mistake for United, but Rangnick still has plenty of options at his disposal, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani being two of the game’s best finishers despite both being in the twilight of their respective careers. careers.
Many United fans would say the January window has been a catastrophe given the club’s inability to sign a defensive midfielder. However, Rangnick has moved on with some players who needed to move on and you’d like to think the ones left at the club are good enough to step up when needed.
Meanwhile, Arsenal have been left with an attacking force that have scored a combined three Premier League goals all season. Doesn’t look so bad anymore, does it?
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United have definitely made improvements since Rangnick arrived, but they won’t do any good if the club don’t secure a place in next season’s Champions League.
In order to attract players to Old Trafford, United must be able to offer European football, not to mention also be able to pay for them, something the Champions League will definitely help with, and seeing one of their great rivals hit the self-destruct button just it could be a good thing for United.
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