One player from every Premier League club Manchester United should target
Manchester United fans will be hoping that Erik ten Hag is the man to restore the club to its former glory, but the Dutchman faces a huge job closing the gap on Manchester City and Liverpool.
The 52-year-old will be eager to stamp his own imprint on the club during his first summer transfer window at the helm.
With several high-profile players leaving Old Trafford as free agents and many other disgruntled first team stars ready to leave in their quest to secure first team football, it could be a busy window for the Red Devils.
Outgoing interim boss Ralf Rangnick believed that United needed to make ten signings this summer, but how about bringing 20 new players in?! That’s unreasonable of course – but there are 20 different ways United could look, before settling on final targets…
One player from every Premier League club Manchester United should target
United in Focus takes a look at one player from every Premier League club Manchester United should target.
Arsenal – Bukayo Saka
The 20-year-old’s contract at the Emirates Stadium expires in 2024, and with Manchester United’s English left-footed forward unavailable for selection, Saka could make the right-wing position his own.
After missing a crucial penalty in the European Championship final, Arsenal’s young star has bounced back with 11 goals and seven assists in the Premier League this season.
Aston Villa – John McGinn
With Paul Pogba and Nemaja Matic departing Old Trafford this summer – Ten Hag needs to bolster his midfield options despite the likes of Donny van de Beek and James Garner returning for pre-season.
The Sun has previously reported that the Scot is on United’s midfield shortlist and his qualities with and without the ball could suit Ten Hag’s high-octane style of play.
Brentford – Christian Eriksen
The Dane has been a revelation since signing for the Bees on a short-term deal and Brentford won seven of the 10 Premier League games Eriksen started.
With Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard and Pogba all set to depart, signing Eriksen who looks set to be available on a free transfer this summer could be a shrewd addition.
The 30-year-old would bring quality, creativity and goals to a Manchester United side that needs to lighten the burden on Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes.
Brighton & Hove Albion – Tariq Lamptey
This was a last minute change of heart and we decided to go with Lamptey ahead of Yves Bissouma.
The former Chelsea youngster has struggled with injuries, but when he is fit and in full flow – seeing him gallop down the right-hand side and whip in tantalising crosses is a sight to behold.
With Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Diogo Dalot struggling to nail down the right-back berth, Ten Hag could well be tempted to pursue the Seagulls’ talented 21-year-old.
Burnley – Wout Weghorst
Nick Pope would have been the obvious choice but the England international would have likely suffered the same fate as his compatriot Dean Henderson, and had to accept playing second fiddle to David de Gea.
Weghorst would be an unorthodox signing, but his physicality would give us a different option and let’s not forget, Ten Hag turned Sebastian Haller into a world beater at Ajax.
Chelsea – Reece James
For all of United’s well-documented struggles at right-back, what a dream it would be to have James whipping in tantalising crosses for Cristiano Ronaldo to get on the end of.
Signing James is likely to be a pipedream, but the likes of him, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joao Cancelo have shown the quality they possess from full-back – they are setting the standard.
Crystal Palace – Tyrick Mitchell
Following Wan-Bissaka’s £50m move from the Eagles – some Manchester United fans will understandably have trepidation at the thought of the Red Devils splashing out big money on another Palace full-back.
But Luke Shaw and Alex Telles have had their struggles this season and Shaw may face a battle for a World Cup spot from Mitchell, following an impressive campaign for the England international under Patrick Vieira.
Everton – Richarlison
With Edinson Cavani leaving Manchester United and uncertainty surrounding the future of Anthony Martial, Ten Hag will want to sign a striker who can bring goals to the United side and work alongside Ronaldo.
With Everton staying in the Premier League – Richarlison isn’t going to come cheap, but the 25-year-old who has hit double figures in three of his five seasons in the English top-flight has the potential to become a good signing.
Leeds United – Kalvin Phillips
There is a case to be made for targeting Fernandes’ former Sporting Lisbon teammate Raphinha, but United’s need to improve the spine of the side makes Phillips a far more appealing target.
The £50m rated star could become the 12th player to represent Manchester United and Leeds in the Premier League era, but given the strong rivalry between the two sides, it’s highly unlikely that Phillips would risk the wrath of Leeds fan by making the Pennine switch.
Leicester City – Youri Tielemans
The classy Belgian’s contract at the King Power Stadium expires next season and although Manchester United cannot offer the former Monaco man Champions League football next season, he could slot straight into our midfield.
Tielemans often impressed against United and the Reds have to be in the race to sign him given the potential for him to be snapped up at a cut-price.
Liverpool – Trent Alexander-Arnold
If only this man was born in M16 instead of Liverpool. As hard as it is to say – Alexander-Arnold is one hell of a player who would immediately bolster us going forward.
His defensive vulnerabilities may however have been exposed by playing in a vulnerable United side that has endured some real low moments in the post-Fergie era.
Manchester City – Erling Haaland
The Norwegian phenomenon hasn’t even kicked a ball for the noisy neighbours but get him to the proper side of Manchester where he belongs.
Erling Haaland is yet another player that Manchester United missed out on and we will just have to hope his move to Manchester City doesn’t work out, and instead he’s tempted by a switch to a rejuvenated United side under Ten Hag in a couple years time.
Newcastle – Joelinton
A left-field option that would have been laughed at prior to Eddie Howe’s arrival at St James’ Park, but the Brazilian has become a revelation under the former Bournemouth boss.
Following his transformation from playing as a striker to being a central midfielder, Joelinton has become a key part of the Newcastle side.
Newcastle’s club-record signing would add some presence, drive and energy to an times weak United midfield.
Norwich City – Max Aarons
While Lamptey is likely to be higher up the pecking order when it comes to potential right-back signings for Manchester United, Aarons could be the cheaper option.
The England Under-21 international is likely to leave Carrow Road this summer following the Canaries’ relegation to the Championship, and his signing has been endorsed by Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand.
Southampton – James Ward-Prowse
Signing the Southampton captain would present quite the predicament when it comes to who would take set pieces – especially with Fernandes and Ronaldo keen to stake their claim.
But Ward-Prowse possesses so much more than being labelled a dead ball specialist and his character could be exactly the type of attitude that Ten Hag wants to radiate throughout his dressing room.
Tottenham – Heung-Min Son
If it’s one player from every Premier League club Manchester United should target – forget Harry Kane and go after Spurs’ talisman who is in the form of his life.
The Premier League’s golden boot winner is rapidly becoming one of the best foreign signings in top-flight history and he would have been a great signing for Manchester United.
Watford – Ismaïla Sarr
In the summer transfer window of 2020, Manchester United were keen on signing the African Cup of Nations winner following the frustrating pursuit of Jadon Sancho.
However, a deal didn’t materialise and the Senegalese winger is likely to leave Vicarage Road this summer following the Hornets’ relegation.
The 24-year-old wouldn’t be a starter for Ten Hag, but he could be a decent squad player, but Watford would likely want to recoup the £25m they paid for their club-record signing.
West Ham – Declan Rice
Rice would be a much-needed quality addition but blowing a full summer’s transfer kitty on one player isn’t going to help us close the gap on our arch rivals.
If West Ham’s number 41 doesn’t sign a new deal at the London Stadium then David Moyes’ side will naturally have to bring their asking price significantly down and that’s when the Red Devils may look to strike a deal.
Wolves – Ruben Neves
According to the Sun, Wolves are closing in on a deal to sign Sporting Lisbon midfielder Joao Palhinha – could it be a case of one Portuguese international to replace another at Molineux this summer?
Neves possesses a phenomenal range of passing and has the ability to dictate the tempo of play from deep.
He’s also a dogged battler whose willing to put in the hard yards and with him having the ability to score screamers from deep, Manchester United could be signing a player who has similar attributes to club legend Paul Scholes.