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How a lack of transfer activity and Christian Eriksen’s injury affect Man Utd’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League

Manchester United recently confirmed that Christian Eriksen will be out of action for the next three months.

With the clock ticking on the January transfer window, United are yet to sign a player on a full-time contract. The only signing made was Wout Weghorst on loan from Burnley.

Several reinforcements are needed within the squad as United tries to cope with the absence of Eriksen and Donny van de Beek, who is also out for the rest of the season.

But with only a few hours left in the window, it seems unlikely that Erik ten Hag will receive any backing from the board and owners.

Although the latest reports state that the club could be in for Marcel Sabitzer, it will likely not be enough if the club is to vie for the Champions League spots.

Eriksen, who arrived on a free transfer in the summer, played a vital role in keeping United in and around fourth place in the Premier League. 

The only viable option to replace Eriksen in the squad seems to be Fred, who has been played on and off the bench throughout the season.

With a paper-thin squad and a lack of activity in the transfer window, all of Ten Hag’s hard work at United seems destined to go astray.

United desperately need to replace Eriksen if they want to qualify for the Champions League

Eriksen’s role within the squad cannot be undermined. The Danish international has been instrumental in United’s midfield, securing stability and ball progression from all areas of the pitch. 

Alongside Casemiro, Eriksen is a workhorse who has netted one goal and seven assists this season. Behind Bruno Fernandes, Eriksen has been instrumental in the possession-based game Ten Hag wants to implement in the squad.

The potential signing of Sabitzer will see the Red Devils complete three loan deals this winter, with goalkeeper Jack Butland and Weghorst the other two. 

The Red Devils are undoubtedly in the running to make it to the Champions League places. They are also the only team in England to be playing in four competitions.

While the work done by Ten Hag has been remarkable, it goes without saying that without signings, all his good work could soon be undone.

Newcastle United are a force to be reckoned with this season, and Liverpool could also be breathing down United’s neck if they can get their act together.

With his tackle on Eriksen during the Carabao Cup game against Reading, Andy Carroll kept his former clubs in contention for the Champions League places. 

Fans can only hope that United will try their best to replace one of their key midfielders in what remains of the transfer window.