Worldclass star was ready to join Man Utd on free transfer but Ten Hag signed another player

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag against Brighton.

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Manchester United gear up to face Bayern Munich in their opening clash of the Champions League in the midst of an injury crisis.

Harry Maguire became the latest centre-back to join the ever-growing injury list, leaving United’s already depleted defensive line even more lighter. The backline that was fortunate to only concede three goals against Brighton and Hove Albion at home will now take on Harry Kane-led Bayern on the road.

There’s not a lot United could’ve done to avoid their injury concerns, but a decision from the club’s hierarchy during the summer could’ve ensured their struggling defence would be going into Wednesday’s game without worrying about stopping Kane.

Manchester United didn’t give Harry Kane assurances over Old Trafford move

The England captain was Erik ten Hag’s priority target heading into the summer, but it became clear quickly the Premier League giants couldn’t afford his transfer fee and wages.

However, as per the Daily Mail, Kane would’ve waited until next summer to move to the Theatre of Dreams if he was given assurances by United. The 30-year-old had his heart set on the move, and after the final 12 months of his contract at Spurs, he would’ve been available to join Ten Hag’s side as a free agent.

The Dutch coach eventually added Atalanta youngster Rasmus Hojlund to his ranks in a £72m deal. On Wednesday, the Dane is likely to lead the Red Devils’ attack, and Kane will make his European debut for Bayern at the Allianz Arena.