New coach Erik ten Hag was in place ahead of the 2021/22 final but the Dutchman has yet to receive any reinforcements for his disappointing squad as talks continue with Barcelona for first goal Frenkie de Jong.
The same couldn’t be said for the majority of the Big Six, who moved quickly to bring new deals through the door to bolster their ranks…
Manchester City have acquired Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund, while Marc Cucurella and Calvin Phillips were on the agenda.
Liverpool have signed Darwin Nunez for a potential club record fee, while Calvin Ramsey and Fabio Carvalho have also arrived at Anfield.
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However, that didn’t stop Tin Hag from getting hurt while Ajax winger Anthony is also of great importance.
Old Trafford chiefs have now held informal talks over a deal for the 22-year-old Brazilian, who won the Eredivisie title under the new United boss last season.
However, there are no signs that a deal is imminent with United expecting to open the bid at £40m – £20m below Ajax’s valuation of £60m.
United are in talks with Watford over a deal for goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann and he could arrive to replace departing Dean Henderson.
With all due respect to the Austrian, it’s not a move likely to interest Ronaldo, who is desperate for United to make his mark.
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The Portugal international has already held talks with Ten Hag about his plans for the new season and announced at the start of May that United supporters should give the Dutchman time to change club.
“What I know about him is that he has done a great job for Ajax, and that he is an experienced coach,” Ronaldo told ManUtd.com. “But we have to give him time.
“Things need to change the way he wants to. I hope we can have success, of course, because if you have success then all of Manchester will be successful too. I wish him well.”
“We are happy and excited, not only as players but as fans as well. I wish him well and believe that, next year, we will win titles.”