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Manchester United could spend in January - Reports

They want a midfielder

Newcastle United Training Session
Sean Longstaff, apparently.
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Manchester United are preparing to spend money in the winter transfer window, according to a report in the Manchester Evening News.

The story says that United are ready to act in the transfer window after another poor start to the season, and after another transfer window in which Ed Woodward failed to do the bare minimum required to improve the squad.

Several dreadful signings were loaned out or sold this summer, including Matteo Darmian, Chris Smalling, Alexis Sanchez, Ander Herrera and Romelu Lukaku, and Antonio Valencia returned to Ecuador.

However only a handful of signings were made, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire and Daniel James joining. There were rumours that United were in the market for a midfielder, including Newcastle United’s Sean Longstaff, but the club failed to complete any deals, which has see United continue to struggle in midfield as they had last season.

There are no new names mentioned in the report, though it downplays the chances of signing either Longstaff or West Ham midfielder Declan Rice.

United will need perhaps another left-back to replace Luke Shaw, who again looks unfit and is currently out injured. They need at least one midfielder, but as Nemanja Matic has been left out of the starting line-up of late, he could be moved on, which would require another body. There is also a shortage up front, with Lukaku and Sanchez not replaced.

The club’s next match is against Leicester City, where they will lose 2-1 before going on to lose every other game this season.