Football Season Guide

Manchester United


Rasmus Højlund (att) Atalanta; Mason Mount (mid) Chelsea; Andre Onana (gk) Inter; Jonny Evans (def) free; Eric Bailly (def) Marseille – end of loan


Anthony Elanga (att) Nottingham Forest; Alex Telles (def) Al-Nassr; Zidane Iqbal (mid) FC Utrecht; Phil Jones (def) released; David de Gea (k) (gk) released; Jack Butland (gk) Crystal Palace – end of loan; Wout Weghorst (sp) (att) Burnley – end of loan; Marcel Sabitzer (sp) (mid) Bayern Munich; Axel Tuanzebe (def) released

In their first season under Erik ten Hag, Manchester United managed to secure a top-four spot, finishing third in the Premier League. The Red Devils parted ways with Cristiano Ronaldo before the World Cup break and the Dutchman helped Marcus Rashford rediscover his form, with the England international netting 17 league goals. After parting ways with David De Gea, who had a sublime 2022/23 season, Manchester United brought in Andre Onana to get the spot between the posts. The haven’t been particularly active in the summer transfer window, but they released a few squad players and signed Atalanta striker Rasmus Højlund, as well as Mason Mount from Chelsea to boost their midfield. Ten Hag is not expected to make many changes to his starting XI. In Onana, he is getting a goalkeeper who can distribute the ball from the back with commendable proficiency, while Mount is expected to offer him an extra option from the bench. Harry Maguire has been stripped of the Manchester United captaincy, with Bruno Fernandes being named the new team captain. Manchester United have strength in midfield, with Casemiro, Christian Eriksen and Bruno Fernandes forming one of the finest midfield tridents in Europe. Yet, the lack of a reliable striker proved costly last season. Manchester United netted just 58 goals last season, with an injury-prone Anthony Martial struggling to find to consistency. Instead of going for a world-class striker, they've decided to put their faith in 20-year-old Højlund and hope that their bet pays off.


The Red Devils will push for a top-four spot again in a highly competitive Premier League, but their main objective will be to enter the title race this season.