Manchester United recruited six players during the summer transfer window and plans are being put in place to continue their rebuild under Erik ten Hag this January. – Sport Media News

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Manchester United recruited six players during the summer transfer window and plans are being put in place to continue their rebuild under Erik ten Hag this January.

Despite missing out on priority target Frenkie de Jong, the Old Trafford giants sanctioned moves for Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen, Lisandro Martinez, Casemiro, Antony and Martin Dubravka. The latter was brought in from Newcastle on loan to offset Dean Henderson signing for Premier League newcomers Nottingham Forest.

Malacia, Eriksen and Martinez have quickly become mainstays in the starting XI, while Antony netted on his debut before being handed further minutes in two Europa League outings. Dubravka has yet to make his first appearance, though, as the United stopper continues to nurse a minor injury problem.

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United ace Scott McTominay played the full 90 minutes as Scotland beat Ukraine 3-0 in their UEFA Nations League clash at Hampden Park this eveing.

Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson believes England manager Gareth Southgate shoud refrain from including United duo Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw in his World Cup squad.

They have each been included in the squad for this month’s UEFA Nations League fixtures, despite opportunities proving limited at Old Trafford.

Eriksson told BoyleSports Football:

United midfielder Scott McTominay is in action for Scotland this evening.

The Scots are facing Ukraine in the UEFA Nations League at Hampden Park and the scores are level at 0-0 at half-time.

Frenkie de Jong has confirmed that he never had any intentions of leaving Barcelona to join United during the summer transfer window.

The Dutchman was a leading target for United well before the window had officially opened for business. The Reds had earmarked him as their top target to strengthen their central-midfield options.

Former Liverpool man Graeme Souness believes Harry Maguire will return to the United starting line-up sooner or later.

Maguire started the first two games this Premier League season as Brighton and Brentford both defeated United. Since the opening two defeats, Erik ten Hag has dropped the Englishman and has gone with a centre-back pairing of Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane.

However, while praising defender Maguire, Souness also predicted that he will come back into the team.

Speaking about Maguire on radio station talkSPORT, Souness said: “I’m not a big critic of Maguire. I think he’s a very good player and he’s struggled with his partner — whoever he’s had — when playing for Manchester United.”

‘Commercial opportunities’ could reportedly be a deal-clincher in determining which club Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham signs for next summer.

According to The Athletic, the player’s family have submitted an application to have ‘Jude Bellingham’ trademarked.

United have been linked with a move for the England international, and the commercial element of any potential deal could give the Reds an advantage over Bellingham’s other suitors.

However, in addition to commercial considerations, the 19-year-old reportedly wants to join a club that can offer him an exciting football project.

Reds centre-back Lisandro Martinez has sent a message of gratitude to the club’s supporters after he opened up on his “dream” move to Old Trafford.

The Argentine has made an instant connection with United fans. His passion, energy and commitment on the pitch has been backed up with some superb performances during his brief time at the club.

The bond between the fans and their new signing was on display after United supporters voted for Martinez as the club’s player of the month for August.

Martinez has since expressed his gratitude to the reception he has received from the supporters, and had a message of his own to give back to the fans.

Raphael Varane has insisted that he is enjoying this campaign with United after an ‘irregular’ season last term.

Speaking to the media about his start to the new season with the Reds, relayed by RMC Sport, the Frenchman said:

Omonia manager Neil Lennon has claimed Sir Alex Ferguson might be ‘happy’ to see Manchester United draw against his side.

The Reds will play Omonia next in the Europa League group stage on October 6 and the Cypriot side is managed by former Celtic boss Lennon.

During an interview with the Scottish Sun, Lennon explained that Ferguson might like to see United draw with the Cypriot club, providing that the points being shared would not harm Erik ten Hag’s side’s chances of progressing to the knockout stage of the competition.

“I’ve not had any messages yet from Sir Alex, but I’m sure I’ll be in touch with him and get a glass of wine with him at some stage,” Lennon said.

Udinese goalkeeper Marco Silvestri jokingly asked Cristiano Ronaldo to join the Serie A club.

Ronaldo was linked with a move away from Old Trafford in the summer, with the forward desperate to play Champions League football.

On Instagram, Silvestri responded to a post discussing Ronaldo’s ambitions, tagging the United star and asking him to join Udinese.

The club followed up on this, using the cheeky eye emoji as they jokingly backed up this suggestion.

It has been nearly a week since United’s 2-0 win against FC Sheriff in the Europa League, and the Reds won’t be in action again until the Manchester derby on October 2.

For those of you missing your fill of watching United, tonight’s Scotland vs Ukraine match will see Scott McTominay as the first Red in action during this international break.

The ‘Tartan Army’ are playing in the UEFA Nations League, with the Group B clash kicking off at 19:45 at Hampden Park.

You can find a full list of the United players in action this week right here.

The 30-year-old has been superb for United since his move to Old Trafford this summer.

Ten Hag has turned to the Dane in every single competitive game for the Reds this season both domestically and in the Europa League.

Eriksen has started every Premier League match so far and has been utilised in a number of different positions, including a ‘false nine’ and deep-lying playmaker.

However, the former Spurs midfielder has now had his say on where he enjoys playing the most and where he feels he can have the biggest impact for the club.

There have been plenty of reports regarding Ronaldo’s behaviour behind the scenes this summer.

Claims had been made that the 37-year-old was a disruptive influence within the changing room and on the training ground, as reports of internal arguments and bust-ups at Carrington emerged.

However, two United players have rubbished claims that he is a ‘bad apple’, praising Ronaldo for his actions off the pitch.

When Erik ten Hag took over as manager at Old Trafford, Van de Beek would have been hopeful at the prospect of more game time.

However, six games into the Premier League season and the Dutch midfielder has managed just 19 minutes in three appearances off the bench for United.

But could that be about to change? A hectic fixture schedule is looming large for United, and the squad’s fringe players will be more crucial than ever during that period.

At the age of 37, Ronaldo is United’s oldest player in the squad, with only Chelsea’s Thiago Silva standing between the five-time Ballon d’Or winner and the title of the Premier League’s oldest player.

Yet the Portuguese international is still in peak physical condition and would put many youngsters to shame with the shape he is currently in.

However, questions are still being asked about Ronaldo’s retirement plans, as the international break saw further inquiries being made about the United man’s age.

The summer transfer window saw United spend £225million on six new additions.

Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen, Lisandro Martinez, Casemiro, Antony and Martin Dubravka all made the move to Old Trafford as Ten Hag looked to bolster his squad for his first season in charge.

United have faced some criticism over what many have seen as ‘overspending’ on particular players, something that the club will need to address in future windows.

It is no secret that Borussia Dortmund’s midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford in the past. Bellingham reportedly came agonisingly close to joining the Reds in 2020, and now speculation surrounding a move to United is ramping up once again.

The deft header he scored against rivals Man City in the Champions League would have only seen supporters grow more adamant in their convictions that their club splash the cash to sign the 19-year-old.

Just how much money the Reds would need to spend has now seemingly been revealed. According to The Athletic, United would have to part ways with around €150million (£131.6m) to convince the Bundesliga club to let their talented youngster leave – a deal that would make him the most expesnive British footballer in history.

The first Manchester derby of the season takes place on October 2 – United’s first game after the international break.

Having won four successive Premier League matches, Ten Hag will be hoping that his side can make it five when they travel to the Etihad Stadium next weekend – although we all know about form, windows and derbies.

One of the big talking points in the build-up to the game is whether Rashford will be fit enough to start against City.

Guardiola has made some interesting comments about United’s team selection that would certainly have raised some eyebrows.

One of the biggest talking points from England’s recent squad announcement was Sancho’s omission from Gareth Southgate’s 28-man list.

The former Borussia Dortmund player has scored goals against Liverpool and Leicester in a recent resurgence of form that has United fans licking their lips.

After a turbulent first season at Old Trafford, it now seems that Sancho is showing why United spent so big to bring him to the club.

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United have 20 players in action for their respective countries during this international break.

Many players on the fringes of Ten Hag’s starting XI will see this as their chance to shine on the global stage and impress the Dutchman away from Old Trafford.

However, not every United player thinks that playing for their national team is the best way to get into the starting line-up.

Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed he plans to represent Portugal at Euro 2024, when he will be aged 39.

The United forward accepted an award at the Quinas de Ouro ceremony on Tuesday evening and claimed he wanted to lead the national team to glory in two years.

Louis van Gaal insists he never told any Dutch player what they should do in the summer transfer window, but admits that he wishes Frenkie de Jong was playing more often than he currently is.

Christian Eriksen has insisted it is an ‘honour’ to be compared to Paul Scholes after a strong start to his time with the club.

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United are looking to sign a new right-back next year and Monaco youngster Vanderson is reportedly of interest.

Sport has run a story crediting Barcelona with interest in the 21-year-old but warns that United are also showing interest.

The report claims several Premier League sides, including United, have ‘already begun to move to try to tie up’ Vanderson.

Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo admits that he has been surprised by youngster Fancundo Pellestri.

When asked which player on the Uruguayan national side was impressing him the most, Araujo told El Pais.

United will look to strengthen their forward line next year and reports suggest they could look towards Ajax to do it.

Fichajes claim that Erik ten Hag remains keen on bringing Brian Brobbey to Old Trafford having asked about him this past summer.

United defender Lisandro Martinez and Tottenham defender Cristian Romero have both been left stranded in England and unable to join the Argentina squad, according to a report.

TyC Sports say the defensive duo, who were set for two friendly appearances over the next week, are stuck in England due to visa issues caused by the mourning of Queen Elizabeth II.

It is said Martinez and Romero have both been left in limbo with the defenders prevented from travelling over to the United States as the US Embassy in England has been closed.

United made moves to sign Antoine Griezmann this summer – according to reports.

An ongoing rebuild at Old Trafford has seen United linked with countless attacking players.

However, they eventually settled on Brazil forward Antony from Ajax.

The Athletic credit United with concrete interest in Griezmann, who remains on loan at Atletico Madrid from Barcelona amid ongoing discussions between those clubs over the France international and United could come calling, once again, in January.

United have been handed a boost in their chase to sign PSV starlet Cody Gakpo.

Gakpo, 23, was earmarked as a possible alternative to Antony during the summer transfer window before Erik ten Hag and key figures in the Old Trafford boardroom eventually struck up an agreement with Ajax for the Brazil winger. Signing both players at the same time was always going to be a difficult ask.

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