Cristiano Ronaldo

Erik ten Hag only has a handful of matches left before the World Cup break, where the Manchester United manager will assess his squad ahead of the January transfer window.

Marcus Rashford’s 100th goal for the club saw United beat West Ham 1-0 on Sunday, as the Reds extended their unbeaten run to eight games across all competitions. All eyes now turn to the Europa League, Ten Hag’s side will be out for revenge against Real Sociedad.

Cristiano Ronaldo was handed just his third Premier League start of the season against the Hammers, as the 37-year-old looked to put the antics during the win against Tottenham well and truly behind him.

There are countless talking points both on and off-the pitch at the club right now, and with that in mind, our senior United writer Tyrone Marshall has been answering your questions on the MEN website.

Ndidi, they’ve [United have] just committed £70million and massive wages on Casemiro in that position. SMS [Milenkovic Savic] is a player they’ve been linked with before, another midfielder is a possibility in the next couple of years, but [Jude] Bellingham is an obvious target if possible.

Trossard is having a golden patch, but there’s no long-term signs he is heading to a big six club and there would be a big Premier League premium attached to that. I also think they will be after a better forward than Patrick Schick when they look in that area next summer.

A right-back is definitely on the agenda. Not heard those names mentioned [Dumfries, Gusto and Vanderson] at the moment, but think they will be casting the net relatively wide for a RB who can get forward and compete with Dalot.

It’s been clear that the tone has changed at the club recently when it comes to Old Trafford and the costs have risen around the stadium redevelopment, with the price of materials going up. I know the cost of building a gym for United Women at Carrington has gone up by £2million due to increased external costs, and I think the same pressures will be relevant around plans for Old Trafford.

It’s felt like there has been a more cautious tone around the redevelopment recently

He’s been on the bench a bit this season but hasn’t got on and with everyone fit in attack it’s hard to see how he breaks in at the moment. He clearly needs a loan move in January and I would imagine that was what the agent was referring to, unless he has a really good World Cup and United see an opportunity to cash in.

Topping the group really is key given the potential for a very difficult play-off round and two extra games in February. I think United are well aware that if they need that extra round and progress from it, as well as getting through in cups, then it becomes very difficult to rearrange the two Premier League games they have had postponed against Crystal Palace and Leeds.

Lindelof fits that bill and if Maguire can rediscover some confidence then he should as well. He played well in the second half on Sunday. One of the biggest issues United would have with Maguire is if they decided to sell him now, they would have to take a massive, massive loss, and I think they’d rather retain him as third-choice, maybe fourth-choice, than do that at the moment

I think it’s fairly clear that a young striker/forward will be on the agenda for summer 2023 and that will be the priority, rather than an Ighalo-esque short-term fix


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