Manchester United are looking in far better shape than they were after two games of the season, but the coming days could be vital in determining how they fare for the remainder of the season.
A narrow victory over Southampton on Saturday was just what Erik ten Hag’s team needed after kick-starting their season with a victory over Liverpool. The good news kept coming on Sunday night, with a fee agreed with Ajax for Antony, and there could be more deals on the way.
With United’s players preparing for a trip to Leicester City while the higher-ups complete any outstanding transfer business, it looks like being a big few days. Here are the latest news lines coming out of Old Trafford.
De Jong on the move
Frenkie de Jong sparked plenty of speculation by making a trip to the UK just days before the transfer window shuts. However, there have been suggestions the timing of his trip is just coincidental.
Barcelona handed their players some time off after a victory over Valladolid at the weekend. De Jong got a 30-minute run-out in the 4-0 win, which prolonged the Catalan club’s unbeaten start to the season under Xavi.
Man Utd agreed a fee for De Jong earlier in the transfer window but were unable to agree terms, while Chelsea have also shown an interest in the former Ajax man. For now, it still seems as though he will still be a Barcelona player as we enter September, but potential suitors haven’t given up hope amid a continued dispute with the club regarding deferred wages.