Tuesday was the second day of the international break as members of Manchester United’s first team link up with their respective national sides.
Countries have named their squads for this month’s matches that will take place over the next two weeks, before club action then resumes with a mouth-watering Manchester derby on October 2.
Erik ten Hag will lead his United side out at the Etihad Stadium for his first derby experience on these shores, after the international break concludes later this month.
United will have 20 players taking part in either the UEFA Nations League or international friendlies – with Scott McTominay likely to be the first Red involved for their country when Scotland play Ukraine this Wednesday.
Eyes may well also be on Raphael Varane’s time with the French squad, after United were recently linked with a move for not only Antoine Griezmann, but also Benjamin Pavard, who refused to rule out a move to Old Trafford in the future.
United will revive their interest in Victor Osimhen this January – according to reports.
Osimhen, 23, has long been linked with a move having carved out his reputation in Serie A.
He’s scored 30 goals in 68 outings since joining Napoli two years ago. However, there could be a huge stumbling block when it comes to that would-be pursuit as the Italians are claimed to value him at nine figures – while other European clubs are also said to be in the market for him.
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.
Casemiro was allowed to leave Real Madrid this summer and United promptly signed him.
United have yet to deploy Casemiro from the start, but his absence from the Real dressing room has already been noted by Uruguay midfielder Fede Valverde as he spoke about the player to TNT Sports;
United have ‘overspent’ on deals more than any other club across Europe since 2012.
That’s according to updated findings from the CIES Football Observatory.
Ranked alongside City and other rivals from five major European divisions, United have topped what is nothing short of an eye-catching list with their spending – as CIES analysed 33 signings made during that particular time-frame.
Here are the club’s next six Premier League fixtures;
Sunday, October 2 vs Man City (A) at 2pm
Sunday, October 9 vs Everton (A) at 7pm
Sunday, October 16 vs Newcastle (H) at 2pm
Wednesday, October 19 vs Tottenham (H) at 8.15pm
Saturday, October 22 vs Chelsea (A) at TBC
Sunday, October 30 vs West Ham (H) at 4.30pm
Bruno Fernandes has opened up about the short-lived Ralf Rangnick era at United, admitting that the atmosphere was ‘low’ under the German coach.
Rangnick was made interim boss at Old Trafford last November following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking.
United limped to a sixth-placed finish under his tenure and posted their lowest-ever points tally in the Premier League era.
“Ralf came with his idea of playing with intensity and pressing and how he was used to playing in Germany,” Fernandes said.
“But it did not quite work out with us because there was an atmosphere between everyone where the confidence was low and everything was really down. It is really difficult to come off when you are in that run. It is nothing to do with Ralf. He tried his best.”
Following the latest round of matches, data experts at FiveThirtyEight have predicted how the final Premier League table will look at the end of the season.
Using their ratings for each team, they simulate seasons thousands of times to produce their prediction for each side’s final points tally and league position.
Manchester United are predicted to finish sixth on 61 points, with Manchester City winning the league on 87 points and Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham making up the top four.
Leicester City star Youri Tielemans has broken his silence after failing to secure a move away from the King Power Stadium in the summer.
The Foxes midfielder was heavily linked with a move to United in the summer transfer window, however, a deal failed to materialise.
Tielemans says he does not regret not leaving Leicester in the summer, despite the club’s winless start to the season. The midfielder also hinted that he could yet sign a new deal with the club, even though he reportedly rejected new terms in the summer.
United are said to be monitoring the 25-year-old’s current situation, with Tielemans’ contract expiring in 2023.
Atletico Madrid are reportedly interested in signing United forward Marcus Rashford, with the LaLiga outfit thought to be one of many clubs keen on the England international.
As reported by Fichajes,the Spanish giants could attempt to sign the 24-year-old in the summer, with Rashford’s contract at Old Trafford expiring in 2023.
Rashford has made an impressive start to the new season, registering three goals and two assists in six matches for the Reds.
United full-back Brandon Williams has defended Harry Maguire and backed him to ‘get to the top’.
Maguire has been dropped to the bench in recent weeks, with Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez regularly starting.
The centre-back has been limited to just 280 minutes this season and is now looking to win his place in the starting line-up back.
However, his teammate Williams has backed the England international when asked about his mentality.
United Legends have unveiled their squad for the clash with Liverpool at Old Trafford this coming weekend.
Midfield duo Darren Fletcher and Michael Carrick have been added to the squad. Meanwhile, Andy Ritchie will take charge of the team in the absence of Bryan Robson. Andy Cole will serve as his assistant.
Full squad confirmed: Raimond van der Gouw, Kevin Pilkington; Clayton Blackmore, Denis Irwin, Ronny Johnsen, Jaap Stam, Antonio Valencia; Jesper Blomqvist, Michael Carrick, Darren Fletcher, Darron Gibson, Karel Poborsky, Danny Pugh; Dimitar Berbatov, Fraizer Campbell.
Following the international break, United face a relentless period, both in the Premier League and the Europa League, before the season pauses for the start of the World Cup in November.
It promises to push Erik ten Hag’s squad to the very brink of their physical and mental capabilities, with the fixtures poised to come thick and fast. It could also be a period that determines United’s season, just as it could for countless other clubs.
However, it is a period that could provide United with their transfer strategy.
Any hopes United may have of signing Cody Gakpo in the future have been handed a potentially welcoming boost.
That is because there is a clause in the PSV Eindhoven winger’s contract that means he can be sold if a specific price is met. Gakpo was strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford during the summer transfer window.
PSV director of football, speaking to Voetball International, said:
United’s interest in signing Marko Arnautovic at the start of August is a scenario that is unlikely to ever be forgotten.
The news of United’s interest was received with the backlash from the fans that it deserved. It was a disastrous idea and it forced United into a climbdown.
However, it has proven simething about Erik ten Hag, as Rich Fay has explained here.
Former United manager Louis van Gaal has rubbished suggestions that he directly told Jurrien Timber to stay at Ajax and refuse the temptation of joining United.
Timber was identified as a leading transfer target for the Reds ahead of the summer transfer window opening and Erik ten Hag was keen to be reunited with the Dutchman. However, Van Gaal suggested that Timber would struggle for minutes if he joined United.
However, the Netherlands boss has now confirmed that his previous comments were nothing other than advice.
According to a report by The Times, United are one of three Premier League clubs to have ‘tracked’ Arsenal record-breaker Ethan Nwaneri.
The youngster, aged just 15 years and 181 days, became the Premier League’s youngest-ever player on Sunday, stepping off the bench in Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Brentford. He is still classed as a schoolboy and will not be given a scholarship until he turns 16.
However, it is reported that United, Liverpool and Manchester City have all been keeping an eye on the youngster.
United midfielder Bruno Fernandes has admitted that was apologised to by Tyrell Malacia after the pair were exchanged in a small altercation against Leicester City earlier this month.
Fernandes attempted to offer some advice to the left-back, resulting in the Dutchman being angry with the stand-in captain. Malacia was not impressed with Fernandes trying to lend him some support.
However, the Portuguese ace has since admitted that Malacia apologised to him at the end of the game.
United legend Bryan Robson has lifted the lid on United’s pursuit of Jude Bellingham two years ago and the transfer meeting held with the youngster and his family.
United are hopeful of having Marcus Rashford fit again for the derby against Man City next week, according to ESPN.
Rashford has missed the last two games after picking up a muscle injury in the victory over Arsenal, but the report claims club staff do not believe the injury is serious and he should be back in time for the next match.
United’s desire to sign a new forward could see them revive interest in Antoine Griezmann next year.
The Athletic focus on his uncertain future at Atletico Madrid and mention United’s previous interest in the France international.
They also suggest United would consider a move for Griezmann next year if he ends up moving.
United will look to sign a new right-back next year and Bayern defender Benjamin Pavard is one of those being linked.
Speaking while away on international duty with France, the World Cup winner has told Telefoot he was aware of transfer interest this summer, but decided this was not the right moment in his career to leave Bayern.
United are still keen to sign a new striker after failing to get one in the summer.
The Sun say Benfica striker Goncalo Ramos is the name being considered now and that he could be available for a bargain fee next year.
It is suggested he has a £100m release clause in his current deal, but the Portuguese giants reportedly value him at £25m.
Ramos, 21, has scored eight goals in 12 games this season.
United are already planning for the next transfer window, but are reportedly split on their policy for it.
The Athletic say that Erik ten Hag wants to make more signings in January, but chief executive Richard Arnold wants to wait until summer.