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Manchester United fans were taken aback by a recent report detailing the club’s available funds for summer player acquisitions.

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Despite finishing in eighth place in the Premier League this season, Erik ten Hag’s team managed to secure two consecutive victories to conclude the campaign. However, this position meant missing out on European qualification, although winning the FA Cup final against Manchester City could secure Europa League football for the upcoming season.

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Throughout the season, United faced persistent injury woes, including the absence of a natural left-back for the entire latter half and the inability to field any of the five senior center-backs during the 4-0 defeat to Crystal Palace.

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With expectations high for significant transfer activity, especially following the arrival of Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS as minority co-owners in February, fans were disappointed to learn from the Daily Mail that the club might need to engage in substantial incoming and outgoing transfers to fulfill their needs. According to the report, United’s available cash for transfers stands at just over £35 million initially, a notable contrast to last summer’s net spend of £110.85 million.

Reacting on social media, fans expressed concern and confusion, lamenting the perceived lack of investment. However, some pointed out the club’s history of substantial spending despite similar reports in past summers.

The report suggests that Ratcliffe and INEOS are committed to facilitating player sales to bolster finances and anticipate generating significant revenue from such transactions. Additionally, United’s willingness to consider player swaps, a departure from past practices, could impact transfer dynamics.

Furthermore, the club’s recent tendency to structure transfer payments over several years might mitigate the impact of the reported cash constraints.

Already, the departures of Raphael Varane and Anthony Martial, along with the potential sale of Jadon Sancho after his loan spell at Borussia Dortmund, could alleviate financial pressures. Speculation also surrounds the futures of players like Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Marcus Rashford, who could attract interest from other clubs.

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