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‘Ahead of schedule’ Manchester United director runs the rule on summer transfer window and makes January prediction

The Red Devils were active right up until the final hours of the summer

Manchester United director John Murtough has revealed that the club do not anticipate continuing the same level of transfer activity in future windows after the club splashed out over £200m on new players in the summer.

Following the arrival of Erik ten Hag, the club returned to Ajax, splashing almost £150m on Lisandro Martinez and Antony, both of whom were signed at the request of the manager.

Additionally, they added Christian Eriksen to their midfield on a free transfer, as well as Tyrell Malacia at left-back from Feyenoord and made a late move for decorated Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro, with the addition of Martin Dubravka as their new no.2 taking the number of new faces at Old Trafford to six.

And Manchester United director John Murtough has warned fans that this was the exception, not the new norm for the Red Devils.

“During the summer we made significant investment in the first team squad with the permanent addition of five regular starters, including a balance of experienced international players and younger, emerging talent”, he explained.

“We will continue to support Erik in ensuring he has players with the right quality and characters to achieve success, while ensuring that investment remains consistent with our commitment to financial sustainability.”

Meanwhile, he also suggested that January could be a quiet time at Old Trafford, with planning already looking ahead to next summer, when there will be more time and prices will likely be lower.

“As always, our planning focuses on the summer window”, he revealed.

Though it is not quite the open heart surgery that Ralf Rangnick claimed was necessary during his time at the club, Ten Hag’s rebuild of the club seems to have begun strongly.

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Ben Browning

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