January has been a busy month for Manchester United in terms of overall transfers so far with six deals being agreed in the space of two weeks.
Goalkeeper Sam Johnstone has been one of the focal points of the window so far. He was initially loaned out to Doncaster Rovers on a one-month deal only to be recalled soon after before immediately being sent back out on loan to Preston North End until the end of the season. It was Johnstone’s decision to join his home club and hopefully he’ll thrive there like he did with Doncaster.
Next up was Ben Pearson who joined League One side Barnsley for his first ever loan spell away from Man United. Having earned rave reviews for a Man of the Match performance on his professional debut, it’s safe to say he has started well at Barnsley.
The first permanent deal saw Victor Valdes agree an 18-month contract with Man United. Having trained with the club since October, it was always considered a possibility he would join and he has come straight in as United’s no.2 behind David de Gea.
Michael Keane became the first player to be sold this January and joined Burnley where he was on loan at the time. The 21-year-old is a great talent and would more than likely be in United’s current first-team squad if he had not been out on loan but it’s unfortunate for him that he was.
A deal to bring in youngster Kayne Diedrick-Roberts has also been agreed and he will sign professional terms with the club this summer to continue an influx of talent to Carrington.
So, including the double deal for Johnstone, that’s six separate deals which United have negotiated in the opening two weeks this January and there is certainly room for more to happen.
As for more arrivals, there are too many players linked to be listed but with such big defensive problems at the club, bringing in a new defender is likely to be the priority.
Ben Amos and Anders Lindegaard‘s futures look certain to be away from the club after Van Gaal confirmed Valdes was his no.2 goalkeeper. Both will be keen to secure moves away in order to progress their own careers and they are good goalkeepers in their own right, so they shouldn’t be short of suits.
Adnan Januzaj could also be leaving United on a loan deal in search of regular first-team football and Will Keane has also been linked with a loan move to Reading and Blackpool.
Tom Cleverley could also make his move to Aston Villa permanent and Man United are waiting for a club to sign Anderson. That wait continues.