First January Transfer Under Erik ten Hag Completed As Player Leaves Man Utd

Ajax coach Erik ten Hag before the match.

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Man Utd have completed a transfer on the first day of the January window. But it’s not going to strengthen Erik ten Hag’s squad.

The former Ajax manager oversaw a big overhaul at Carrington in his early days at United, as six new players came through the doors at Carrington in the summer transfer window.

Ten Hag wanted to add more new faces to properly challenge for a top-four place and European and domestic trophies, with a striker earmarked as a priority target. United didn’t sign a new goal-scoring option before the start of the season but are expected to bring in one in January.

But on the first day of the winter window, Ten Hag has seen his squad being trimmed rather than being bolstered.

Last of the six summer signings, Martin Dubravka, who arrived on loan, has been recalled by Newcastle United. The Slovak only managed two United appearances, both of which came in the League Cup.

The Red Devils are yet to decide on signing a replacement. As things stand, Tom Heaton will be number two to David de Gea.

Meanwhile, to address United’s attack, the hierarchy are looking to sign a forward on a loan deal. As per The Daily Mail, Barcelona’s Memphis Depay is available, while Al Nassr may loan out Vincent Aboubakar following Cristiano Ronaldo’s signing.