After missing out on Ruben Neves, Manchester United have three January transfer priorities.

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After missing out on Ruben Neves, Manchester United have three January transfer priorities.

Manchester United will shortly begin making preparations for the January transfer window.

Manchester United had a relatively calm deadline day, with all three of their high-profile acquisitions comfortably in place before ‘squeaky bum time,’ as one club legend may put it. Ruben Neves was linked with a move to Old Trafford near the conclusion of the season, but the midfield general will instead stay at Wolves until at least January.

United managed to sign Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho weeks before the deadline by going about their business slowly and systematically.

Then there was the frantic transfer process surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo, in which Manchester United just beat Manchester City to the Portuguese superstar.

Although Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and co. would be sad not to have a new midfielder, Daniel James was sold to Leeds United for a healthy profit.

Express Sport examines the three apparent transfer objectives United will confront when the window reopens in January, in light of their summer.

Eduardo Camavinga went with Real Madrid, Saul Niguez with Chelsea, and Ruben Neves with Molineux.

When January arrives, it will almost certainly be back to square one, but the mission will remain the same, as a classy holding midfielder is likely to remain on Solskjaer’s wish list.

If Aurelien Tchouameni, a Chelsea target, has another strong half-season in Monaco’s midfield, United may want to get in before his stock soars and his worth skyrockets.

Declan Rice, who the Red Devils are also likely to examine, experienced the same thing, but something would have to be done about his £100 million price tag.

Then there’s the option of returning for Neves. Solskjaer faces a difficult decision, but there are worse problems to have than alternatives.

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