Manchester United spent a decent chunk of money over the summer to bring a handful of new faces into the squad, with Donny van de Beek, Edinson Cavani, Alex Telles and Facundo Pellistri all joining the team.
Amad Diallo is set to follow the quartet to Old Trafford in January, but United’s league position isn’t looking especially healthy ahead of this weekend’s match against West Bromwich Albion.
If United are still in the bottom half of the table come the new year, there may be calls for further investment in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad.
We’ve got the latest on one man who has repeatedly been linked with a move to the club, plus updates on a couple of departures.
Smalling’s ‘shock’ at the treatment which led to his Man Utd exit
Chris Smalling is enjoying his football at Roma, having completed a permanent move to the Italian side in October.
The move came after a successful loan spell, but the centre-back has spoken of the “lowest point at United” which prompted him to travel to Italy to begin with.
Smalling played 24 times in the league in the 2018/19 season, but was deemed surplus to requirements after the arrival of Harry Maguire, and has spoken to the Telegraph about his situation.
“I guess that was maybe the lowest point at United,” the 30-year-old said.
“That was the shock I didn’t expect. How it was handled… if I was told earlier that summer – and I don’t want to have a dig at Ole – I would have made other plans.
“In an ideal situation I would have known early in the summer and made plans and it almost got to the stage where I had a day left.”
Smalling’s eventual move to Roma on a permanent basis only went through with minutes of the transfer window left, but he made his second debut for the Giallorossi at the end of last month and has made three further appearances since.
Erling Haaland’s father comments on United links
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have missed out on Jadon Sancho in the summer, but he still made some big moves in the transfer market with Donny van de Beek, Alex Telles and Edinson Cavani all arriving.
But their start to the season has been a mixed bag, with a home defeat to Crystal Palace and a 6-1 thrashing by Spurs at one end of the scale, and a tremendous 2-1 win over PSG in Paris at the other.
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Erling Haaland continues to impress in front of goal, with the Borussia Dortmund striker scoring 17 goals for club and country so far this season.
The English-born Norway international has been linked with a move to the Premier League, where his father Alf-Inge spent time playing for Nottingham Forest, Leeds United and Manchester City.
The elder Haaland was quizzed on his son’s future after speculation about a Manchester United switch and, while insisting there are no immediate plans to leave Dortmund, he acknowledged nothing is out of the question.
“When you play well, it’s only logical that big clubs knock on the door. But we’re talking about speculation here,” he told Sport1 (via Sport Witness ), adding that his son is not looking at moving right now.
“You never know what will happen. We haven’t talked about such a step yet. I think he would like to win some trophies with Dortmund,” he added.
“That is his goal. Erling can still achieve a lot in Germany and make great progress. Abroad is not a priority for us.”
Young United duo complete Burnley move
Two of Manchester United’s academy talents have completed moves to Burnley after a short spell on trial with the Lancashire club.
Owen Dodgson and Calen Gallagher-Allison have signed with the Clarets, according to the club’s official website , having turned out for Burnley’s under-23 and under-18 sides.
Left-back Dodgson had made two appearances for Burnley’s under-23s in Premier League 2 this season before joining permanently and has also made two appearances for the Clarets’ under-18 team.
Gallagher-Allison, a central defender, made his Burnley under-23 debut against Middlesbrough in October and has started once for the under-18s. The teenager made one appearance for United’s under-18 team last term.
Another former United youngster, Irish defender Jimmy Dunne, made his senior debut for Burnley earlier this season.
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