According to reports, Manchester United have no intention of signing a new striker in the January transfer window.
The Red Devils had an unsatisfactory first half of the season, which included their elimination from the Champions League due to placing last in their group.
In 21 Premier League games, Erik ten Hag’s club has recorded 10 victories, but he has also presided over nine losses and seen only 24 goals scored.
Thus, rumours have continued that Rasmus Hojlund would face competition from a new attacker before the end of the month.
Although Anthony Martial has been playing in all competitions, the Frenchman has only scored two goals in his seven starts and twelve substitution appearances.
Due to Martial’s groyne surgery, he will be out for the next ten months. As a result, Ten Hag will now need to depend on Marcus Rashford, who he usually uses as an out-wide player, to cover for Hojlund.
Karim Benzema is a well-known name that has emerged as a result of problems with Saudi Pro League team Al-Ittihad. It has been reported in recent days that United has been assessing the market in relation to a short-term replacement; however, such a deal has since been ruled out.
Additionally, there has been discussion of Joshua Zirkzee—who is now making an impression in Bologna—possibly being added before the deadline of February 1.
However, the Daily Mail claims that United has no intention of adding a new player to their offensive lineup in the next week.
This position is mostly due to United’s need to satisfy FFP requirements; if they want to make changes to their senior ranks, they already have to search for short-term choices in other parts of the field.
The North-West heavyweights’ shorter schedule will also be taken into account since they won’t be playing any European football for the duration of 2023–2024.
In addition to Hojlund and Rashford, Ten Hag may also employ Mason Mount or Christian Eriksen as a false nine, or he might shift Amad Diallo into the midfield instead of out wide.
When Martial’s contract ends in the summer, United is reportedly already planning to dismiss him, which would free up a significant amount of money on the payroll.