Next Monday, Manchester United must turn in their 25-man Premier League roster for the upcoming campaign.
The summer transfer season for Manchester United was frequently difficult and unpleasant, but it was eventually successful because several new players joined.
Erik ten Hag moved swiftly to address the three crucial areas of his team by adding Andre Onana, Mason Mount, and Rasmus Hojlund. Altay Bayindir, a backup goalkeeper, and Jonny Evans joined later in the transfer window. On the final day of the window, Sofyan Amrabat and Sergio Regulion signed loan agreements.
Even if injuries exposed the defensive depth in the weekend loss to Arsenal, the squad has a more balanced appearance, and the Reds will hope they have the talent and balance to compete on four fronts when the season begins after the break. With the exception of free signings, Ten Hag cannot increase his roster until January and must present his team to the Premier League within the next seven days.
By Wednesday, September 13, all top flight clubs must turn in their 25-man lists. This week, the Champions League roster was announced, and Donny van de Beek—who may soon leave Old Trafford—was notably left out.
United has more flexibility because under-21 players in the Champions League must register, although this is not required in the Premier League. Rasmus Hojlund and Alejandro Garnacho might still participate despite the fact that they are under 21. The age cutoff for the 2023–2024 season applies to all athletes born on or after January 1, 2002.
Currently, clubs are able to name up to 25 players for their Premier League squad, but they are only allowed to include a maximum of 17 non-homegrown players; the remaining players must be homegrown.
A homegrown player is defined as “a player, irrespective of nationality or age, who, before his 21st birthday (or the end of the season in which he turns 21), has been registered with any club affiliated to The Football Association or the Football Association of Wales for a period, whether continuous or not, of three entire seasons, or 36 months.”
Following this week’s departure of Eric Bailly, United can complete their squad requirement without leaving anyone out thanks to the summer transfer activity. The defender finished his permanent transfer to Besiktas of Turkey.
United’s probable 25-man squad (* denotes a homegrown player): Andre Onana, Altay Bayindir, Tom Heaton*, Diogo Dalot, Aaron Wan-Bissaka*, Raphael Varane, Lisandro Martinez, Victor Lindelof, Jonny Evans*, Harry Maguire*, Luke Shaw*, Tyrell Malacia, Sergio Reguilon, Casemiro, Scott McTominay*, Sofyan Amrabat, Mason Mount*, Donny van de Beek, Christian Eriksen, Bruno Fernandes, Antony, Facundo Pellistri, Anthony Martial, Jadon Sancho*, Marcus Rashford*.
Amad Diallo, Rasmus Hojlund, Alejandro Garnacho, Shola Shoretire, Omari Forson, Kobbie Mainoo, and Hannibal Mejbri are notable young players who are exempt from registration requirements.