Man United were linked with signing a ridiculous 113 players in January transfer window

A lot was expected of Manchester United in the January transfer window.

Given the struggles this season and injuries to a number of key players, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer desperately wanted to strengthen his squad. 

By the time the window closed on Friday night, three new names had signed. 

Bruno Fernandes was the most high-profile arrival from Sporting Lisbon and he was joined by Odion Ighalo from Shanghai Shenhua and goalkeeper Nathan Bishop from Southend. 

Arguably, that’s pretty decent business from Man United and it should help them compete for a top-four place. 

But supporters will always be left feeling that more could have been done – and at the end of this window, that suggestion seems very apt. 

According to the Mirror, United were linked with a ridiculous 113 players in January. 

Don’t believe us? Check out every single name they were tipped to sign below:  

Goalkeepers (2): Nathan Bishop (Southend United), Brad Young (Hartlepool) 

Defenders (21): Logan Pye (Sunderland), Thomas Meunier (Paris Saint-Germain), Marash Kumbulla (Verona), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona), Issa Diop (West Ham), Ben White (Leeds), Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Christian Kabasele (Watford), Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur), Layvin Kurzawa (Paris Saint-Germain), Nelson Semedo (Barcelona), Jean-Clair Todibo (Barcelona), Ruben Dias (Benfica), Valentin Antov (CSKA Sofia), Merih Demiral (Juventus), Mohammed Salisu (Real Valladolid), Milan Skriniar (Inter Milan), Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli), Daniele Rugani (Juventus) 

Midfielders (45): Eric-Junior Dina Ebimbe (Paris-Saint Germain), Matias Vecino (Inter Milan), Efrain Morales (Atlanta United), Ruben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur), Adrien Rabiot (Juventus), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Sean Longstaff (Newcastle United), Todd Cantwell (Norwich City), Gedson Fernandes (Benfica), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Agustin Almendra (Boca Juniors), Fabian Ruiz (Napoli), Boubakary Soumare (Lille), Donny van de Beek (Ajax), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona), Jude Bellingham (Birmingham City), Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid), Dani Olmo (Dinamo Zagreb), Alessandro Florenzi (Roma), Eduardo Camavinga (Rennes), Leandro Paredes (Paris Saint-Germain), Sandro Tonali (Brescia), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma), Arturo Vidal (Barcelona), Dejan Kulusevski (Atalanta), Denis Zakaria (Borussia Monchengladbach), Bruno Fernandes (Sporting Lisbon), Ezequiel Barco (Atlanta United), Nicolo Zaniolo (Roma), Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen), James Maddison (Leicester City), Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion), Gianluca Busio (Sporting Kansas City), Emre Can (Juventus), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus), James Rodriguez (Real Madrid), Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur), Dwight McNeil (Burnley), John McGinn (Aston Villa), Declan Rice (West Ham United), Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), Sander Berge (Genk) 

Forwards (45): Maxi Gomez (Valencia), Jean-Kevin Augustin (RB Leipzig), Islam Slimani (Leicester City), Carlos Tevez (Boca Juniors), Fernando Llorente (Napoli), Krzysztof Piatek (AC Milan), Wayne Rooney (Derby County), Arkadiusz Milik (Napoli), Emmanuel Dennis (Club Brugge), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Odsonne Edouard (Celtic), Raul Jimenez (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur), Luka Jovic (Real Madrid), Takumi Minamino (Red Bull Salzburg), Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain), Vedat Muriqi (Fenerbahce), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid), Richarlison (Everton), Mathis Rayan Cherki (Lyon), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Erling Haaland (Red Bull Salzburg), Ricky-Jade Jones (Peterborough United), Gareth Bale (Real Madrid), Edin Dzeko (Roma), Danny Loader (Reading), Joe Gelhardt (Wigan Athletic), Mario Mandzukic (Juventus), Jovan Malcolm (West Bromwich Albion), Memphis Depay (Lyon), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (LA Galaxy), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig), Moussa Dembele (Lyon), Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan), Salomon Rondon (Dalian Yifang), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea), Josh King (Bournemouth), Teemu Pukki (Norwich City), Adolfo Gaich (San Lorenzo), Danny Ings (Southampton), Odion Ihgalo (Shanghai Shenhua) 

Wow. Isn’t that just crazy? A massive 113 players had been linked with Man United for a January move.

Just look at some of those names, too. Sancho, Kroos and Richarlison stand out as some of the most ridiculous. 

As we all know, the Premier League side made three signings. Just the 110 let downs, then.

Of course, not all of these names were strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford, but it’s always interesting to look back and see what could have been.

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