Manchester United defeated Leeds United 2-0 in the preseason on July 12, 2023, but a series of problems still remain at the club. Even with the signing of a new superstar, the main problems at the club still remain unsolved.
These problems will surely affect the club’s title hopes next season, and the manager, Erik Ten Hag, wants all the problems to be solved before the beginning of the season.
These are the problems that still persist at Manchester United as Pre-season begins
No New Goalkeeper After David De Gea Left
Manchester United let go of their number one, David De Gea, after his contract ended on June 30, 2023. However, they are finding it difficult to get a new number one.
The Red Devils are in talks with Inter Milan to sign Andre Onana, with Erik Ten Hag hoping the club signs the Inter Milan goalkeeper before the end of the preseason matches.
According to Mail Sport, Manchester United are not interested in paying £51 million for the goalkeeper, but they are confident of signing him.
No New Number 9 Despite Harry Kane’s Pursuit
Manchester United have only Anthony Martial as their number 9. Wout Weghorst has returned to Burnley after his loan spell at Manchester United.
Martial spent most of the time with Manchester United’s medical staff and hardly played 15 straight matches. His injury was a nemesis to the success of the club.
Everybody can see that they are in need of a striker, and tempting Harry Kane away from Tottenham Hotspur will be the most difficult thing to do.
However, due to limited finances, Manchester United can only afford Atalanta striker Rasmus Winther Hojlund. The striker is filled with strength and pace; he is likely to be Manchester United’s version of Erling Haaland.
However, Manchester United haven’t sent a bid for the striker.
Nobody Is Buying flops Like Harry Maguire.
Before Manchester United can buy big, they need to sell, but they are finding it difficult to sell their deadwood like Harry Maguire, Anthony Elanga, and Van De Beek.
We have seen Saudi Arabian clubs throw money at any player they like, but they aren’t interested in pricing Harry Maguire away from Manchester United.
Even newly promoted sides in the Premier League are not in the market for him. Maguire’s price tag remains a big issue for other clubs.
There are bigger chances that Harry Maguire will play for Manchester United for another full season in the Premier League.
No New Owners Despite Talks for Months
The Glazer family is believed to be the club’s biggest problem. They have put the club on sale for a long time. Fans want new owners, but the Glazer family does not seem ready to let go of the club
Throughout the months of negotiations, the Fans have been left in the dark and don’t know whether the Glazers will sell the club or not.
The Family is still insisting that anyone who wants to buy the club should be ready to cough out the £6.5 billion asking price.
A few months ago, it was reported that Sir Jim Ratcliffe was set to take over from Manchester United as the majority shareholder and would keep the Glazers at the club.
Other reports came out saying that Sheikh Jassim, the Former Prime Minister of Qatar, was going to become the new owner of Manchester United.
More Fans are protesting against the Glazer family.
The last protest happened on June 27, 2023, when Manchester United fans blocked the club megastore with a banner saying “Glazers Out.”
The Fans will continue to protest until there is a change in ownership. The fans have referred to the Glazers as parasites due to the way the club are being managed.
Joel Glazer has been putting the club in debt with zero investment in its infrastructure according to the fans.
No New Deal For Marcus Rashford
He is the most important asset for Manchester United so far, but he has not signed a new deal. There are rumors that Paris Saint-Germain want to replace Kylian Mbappe with Marcus Rashford.
However, the new contract does not seem to be a bigger problem, as Manchester United will negotiate with him when he returns to Carrington training ground.
Manchester United will offer him a four-year deal, which will make him the highest-paid player in the club.
Still Miles Behind Rival Manchester City
The club recruitment pattern is still different from Manchester City. In terms of attracting big-name players, the Red Devils are still finding it difficult to live to its glory.
Manchester City are getting the best players in the world, and it is an attractive place to play.
Even before the start of the new season, a lot of people are already tipping them to win the Premier League again.