United signed just three players in the summer window, with Daniel James, Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka arriving.
However, United then cut down their bloated squad with a little more efficiency than they had in previous seasons, as Matteo Darmian, Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling all left for various clubs in Italy. Ander Herrera also left on a free transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, while Marouane Fellaini had already left for China.
That has left the club short up front and in midfield, and given Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic could all be in their final season at the club, replacements will be necessary.
The Sun carries a story suggesting that there are two names in the frame already. One is Leicester City’s attacking midfielder James Maddison, and the 22-year-old England international could be the man to replace Pogba and Mata just behind the strikers. Jadon Sancho, meanwhile, could play on either wings and would be an able replacement for Jesse Lingard.
There is no suggestion that United would be able to sign either player in the January transfer window, so the introduction of this piece was essentially misleading. If you did not want to know that, then you should have looked away before reading this sentence.