How Man Utd could line up with five signings after Joel Glazer transfer promise

The Glazer family have pledged to open their wallets this summer to avoid Manchester United tipping into crisis mode.

United supporters have made clear their anger towards the ownership with mass protests at Old Trafford over their handling of club finances and the attempted European Super League move.

That has pushed co-chairman Joel Glazer into showdown talks with fan groups over their plans for United.

Speaking at a fans’ forum event last night, Glazer pledged to build bridges by backing Solskjaer in the transfer market ahead of 2021/22, in one of his first public speeches since taking charge in 2007.

Solskajer has drawn up a list of targets to strengthen his squad, and launch a Premier League title challenge in 2021/22, and at Express Sport we look at how United could line up, if Glazer keeps his word.


With ongoing doubts over the long-term future of David de Gea and Solskjaer not fully convinced by Dean Henderson, Italian star Donnarumma has been linked with a move to Old Trafford.

Following his release from AC Milan, he is available on a free transfer and, if United can fight off Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona in a wages battle, they could have a new No 1 for the next 10 years.


Wan-Bissaka has been ever-present at right-back for Solskjaer with 69 Premier League appearances in the last two seasons.

His consistency at full-back means Solskjaer is unlikely to be on the hunt for a replacement this summer.


United have been linked with French star Varane for over a decade with Sir Alex Ferguson expressing an interest in him as a teenager at Lens.

However, despite his incredible success at Real Madrid, this summer could be an ideal chance to sign him.

Contract extension talks have stalled in recent weeks with confidence over a resumption after Euro 2020 likely to depend on Sergio Ramos’ situation.

If he declines to extend his deal beyond 2022 this summer, Los Blancos are almost certain to look for a sale, with United primed to bid £40million.


Maguire’s absence through injury in the Europa League final underlined his importance to Solskjaer.

He has also played a constant role at the back since 2018 and the promise of a new partner alongside him could unlock another gear to his game.


Shaw’s United career was at crossroads at the start of 2020/21 but his impressive response last season proved to Solskjaer he is the man for the job at left-back.

Five Premier League assists in 32 Premier League games, and a significant improvement to the defensive side of his game, have kept Alex Telles on the bench in recent months.


Rice’s future at West Ham will come under pressure this summer with the 22-year-old set for a starting role in Gareth Southgate’s England side.

Despite persistent rumours linking him with a return to Chelsea ahead of 2021/22, United’s interest in him is just as strong as the Blues.

An impressive showing in Euro 2020 will drive his price up from £50m to over £65m but United appear set on him as their long-term option as a holding midfielder.


Rumours of Pogba moving on from United this summer have dried up in 2021 and the Frenchman finally looks settled at Old Trafford.

Some important goals in key games in 2020/21 has convinced Solskajer to stick by the former Juventus man, and with the reliability of Rice alongside him, he would have greater licence to influence games.


Fernandes has established himself as United’s most important player during his first 18 months at the club.

Forty goals from 80 appearances demonstrates the key role he plays in this team and, whatever changes Solskjaer makes this summer, he remains a central figure.


Sancho was a target for Solskjaer last summer but Borussia Dortmund dug in their heels over a £100m asking price.

That situation appears to have changed slightly ahead of 2021/22, with the Bundesliga side more willing to discuss a move and have lowered their valuation to under the £100m mark.

The key to this deal appears to be time, with Dortmund determined to have all of their business completed before the start of pre-season training.

A sustained move for Sancho could prove the acid test for the Glazers in the coming weeks, as Solskjaer has made his intentions clear on the England winger, but negotiations will be tight.


If Sancho is a test for the Glazers, then a realistic move for Kane could decide the next stage of their ownership at United.

Kane has signalled his intention to leave Tottenham this summer with United, Manchester City and Chelsea all entering the race to sign him.

With Spurs demanding an initial fee of £150m, City are naturally leading the battle as it stands, but the Glazers will be determined to keep United in the hunt.

As things stand, City appear to be edging the scrap for Kane, but if United match their offer and Solskjaer is able to sell his project to the England man, the Red Devils could find themselves in the box seat ahead of the Premier League title race in 2021.


Despite the potential fanfare around Sancho and/or Kane arriving at Old Trafford, Rashford’s position should not be understated.

A huge favourite of the United fans and Solskjaer, he remains an essential player for both club and country.

Despite ending 2020/21 with a string of minor injuries, his place in Solskjaer’s plans remained unchanged.