A crucial month lies ahead to start shaping Erik ten Hag's new look Manchester United
The month of June is almost upon us, and it is time for Manchester United to get serious in the transfer market.
Manager Erik ten Hag has made clear he expects players back for pre-season training as early as June 27, those not on international duty, with the club set to fly out on pre-season in early July.
While the transfer window is open until August 31, it is important for Manchester United to be organized and get deals in early.
The first season is to start cleansing the stench of last season. New faces signal a fresh start and a new era, and a new manager alone is not quite enough.
June is set to be a crucial month
Landing manager Erik ten Hag was a great start, now he needs to be backed. The torture of David Moyes’ first summer in charge should forever hang as a reminder of how horribly wrong the club can get it.
Just like that summer of 2013, when United had a new CEO in charge by the name of Ed Woodward, in 2022, United also have a rookie CEO supporting a new manager.
Richard Arnold must be determined not to repeat Woodward’s awful first summer in charge, from which he never truly recovered, showing himself up as an amateur.
Nine years on, Manchester United fans are in no mood for a repeat. Arnold has to show he is a man of action, who can get the job done.
A fast start is essential. United can’t get to July with no signings, or send Ten Hag on pre-season with no new faces. But we can’t rule it out.
Over in Germany, Dortmund have already made four signings, while Bayern Munich have made two and are closing in on two more.
While this level of efficiency this early on is beyond United, it’s not unreasonable to expect United get their act together this June.
The Guardian report United have already made contact with Ajax for initial talks over Timber.
The wheels appear to be turning at United, but over the years we have seen United move far too slowly, painfully so. There is hope, with a new era, that United can turn into a slick, efficient machine.
Potentially, a prolific month lies ahead, where United turn the corner, and get the majority of incoming business done. Frenkie de Jong, Tyrell Malacia, and Ngolo Kante, and Antony have all prominently been linked with moves to United over the past month. Rumour and speculation needs to quickly turn into action.
This transfer window can represent a new era for United, and what happens over the next month could be crucial.
Leave it all until July and United will be left playing catch up. Erik ten Hag deserves to begin on the front foot. June is set to be a crucial month.