Erik ten Hag’s strongest Manchester United starting XI after deadline day transfers

The squad is by no means perfect. There are clear areas of improvement still required and huge questions remain over the quality of the attacking line-up, piling the pressure on 72m arrival of Rasmus Hojlund, but Erik ten Hag got pretty much everything he wanted.

The most important of the four deadline-day arrivals came last with the eventual capture of Sofyan Amrabat. The combative midfielder had been on United&aposs radar all summer but only with hours to spare did the deal get done.

United have been hamstrung by FFP restrictions which have limited their spending but they only have themselves to blame for not raising enough funds in time through player sales. As a result, Amrabat had to be signed on an initial loan for 10m with the option to make the deal permanent for 20m.

A club of United&aposs stature shouldn&apost be relying on loans but Amrabat wasn&apost the only one, with Sergio Reguilon coming in for the season from Tottenham. Injuries to Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia gave United little choice but to dip into the market for left-back cover.

Altay Bayindir was another arrival as he joined for 5m from Fenerbahce to facilitate Dean Henderson&aposs exit and Jonny Evans rounded off the quartet by signing on for the season after returning to the club during pre-season.

The arrivals at least give Ten Hag plenty of fresh options and he needs as many as he can get given Mason Mount, Raphael Varane, Kobbie Mainoo, Amad Diallo and Tom Heaton are all currently injured while Jadon Sancho and Scott McTominay appear to have not travelled for Sunday&aposs game at Arsenal.

Thankfully, the international break is coming up which will give those players with minor knocks time to recuperate and hopefully return once the Premier League gets back underway.

It will be interesting to see how Ten Hag lines up his side when the majority of his first-teamers are available again with Amrabat&aposs arrival having the potential to shake things up. The manager has wanted another defensive midfielder all summer and the combative Morrocan fits the bill.

Casemiro has repeatedly been left exposed in the opening matches of the season as Ten Hag wants Mount to push further up the field and lead the press. With Amrabat now in the fold, he could come in to partner Casemiro in a double pivot to allow Mount to play a more advanced position.

Bruno Fernandes has played on the right on multiple occasions and could do the job again but would prefer to play centrally. Instead., it could be Mount who operates on the right flank.

That would see Antony drop out of the side, which does seem unlikely as he is a big favourite of Ten Hag&aposs but his performances have continued to underwhelm for such an expensive player. He&aposs been at Old Trafford over the year and his flashes of brilliance remain rare.