Tuesday, September 19, 2023 at 11:52 AM• Bart DHanis • Last update: 12:02

Manchester United were favorites to sign Xavi Simons last summer, as Fabrizio Romano announced in a video on YouTube on Monday evening. The English record champion wanted to make a bid for Simons if he had not returned to Paris Saint-Germain and was even pole position to take him over from PSV, but then PSG lifted the buyback clause and the club had to move on.

Despite the fact that Simons turned out to be unfeasible for United, Ten Hag is satisfied with the transfer summer, according to Romano. United paid seventy million euros for Rasmus Højlund, meaning the Haaksbergen-born manager can finally have a real striker at his disposal. In addition, Mason Mount, Sofyan Amrabat, André Onana, Jonny Evans, Sergio Reguilón and Altay Bayindir were added to the squad.

Despite the quality improvements, United has not started the season well. Manager Erik ten Hag’s club has only six points after five matches and currently occupies thirteenth place in the Premier League. However, Ten Hag’s position is not under discussion internally, the Italian journalist reports. “He has a very good relationship with the team and the players and staff do not feel that Ten Hag is the problem.”

What is a problem are the problems with Jadon Sancho and Antony. Sancho was suspended internally by Ten Hag due to a lack of training work and Antony remains outside the selection to ‘deal with’ his ex’s accusations. United also has to deal with an overcrowded infirmary. Raphaël Varane, Luke Shaw, Tyrell Malacia, Mount, Diogo Dalot and Amrabat are among those injured.