In the lead-up to their domestic clash with Arsenal, Manchester United is grappling with injuries to key players Luke Shaw, Mason Mount, and Raphael Varane. Erik ten Hag's squad has had a mixed start to the season, securing fortunate wins against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Nottingham Forest at Old Trafford, but suffering a loss at Tottenham in their first away game of the 2023-24 campaign.
Despite the hefty signing of former Chelsea star Mason Mount, United's midfield woes continue to be a concern for Erik ten Hag. The manager was eager to bring Mount to Old Trafford after the player's announcement that he wouldn't extend his stay at Stamford Bridge beyond June 2024. After negotiations, United agreed to pay £55m plus £5m in add-ons for the 24-year-old midfielder.
However, Mount's early performances were marred by injury, raising concerns about the midfield's depth. Casemiro, though known for his heroics, seems fatigued from the previous season, leaving the team in need of reliable backup. Despite this, ten Hag appears reluctant to entrust Scott McTominay with the role of Casemiro's deputy.
As the 2023 summer transfer window draws to a close, Erik ten Hag and Manchester United are under pressure to bolster their midfield. Here are four potential players who could join the Red Devils before the Premier League summer transfer deadline:
Marc Cucurella: Manchester United has initiated talks with Chelsea for a possible loan deal that would bring Cucurella to Old Trafford until the end of the season.
Sofyan Amrabat: The Moroccan midfielder has ceased training with Fiorentina in a bid to secure a transfer to Manchester United. However, the club is yet to submit an official bid.
Ryan Gravenberch: Currently out of favor at Allianz Arena under Thomas Tuchel, the Dutchman could offer a much-needed spark to Erik ten Hag's team.
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg: The Danish international has found limited opportunities at Tottenham Hotspur this season and could be open to a move to Old Trafford.
With time running out in the transfer window, Manchester United is keen to address their midfield concerns and reinforce their squad for the challenges ahead. The upcoming match against Arsenal will serve as a test of the team's resilience as they strive to make necessary improvements.