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Christmas Day has come and gone which implies the January transfer window is just across the corner, and never many others have an even bigger job on their hands than Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag. The Dutchman has already been dealt a severe blow within the chase to switch five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo, whose exit from Old Trafford last month was shrouded in controversy. 

Many assumed that Cody Gakpo was the heir to Ronaldo’s spot within the team with he and Ten Hag already well acquainted from their time together, a few years ago, at PSV Eindhoven. Nonetheless, Liverpool struck from out of the blue to land the three-goal World Cup star in an initial £37million deal. 

That has left the Red Devils scrambling for alternatives with a spot within the Premier League top 4 up for grabs. Tottenham slipped up against Brentford on Boxing Day, meaning that United would edge ahead in the event that they win each of their games in hand, starting with Nottingham Forest later today. 

With preparation for the window heating up and stories coming thick and fast, stay tuned to Express Sport’s live Man Utd transfer updates below…

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