Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag chases wonderkid after loan spell cut short

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Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag chases wonderkid after loan spell cut short
Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag chases wonderkid after loan spell cut short

Manchester United will start 2023 inside the Premier League's top four after Marcus Rashford stepped up to put Wolves to the sword on New Years Eve.

Rashford, who started the match on the bench after showing up late to a team meeting, plundered the only goal of the match as Erik ten Hag's side ended 2022 with a 1-0 win at Molineux.

Now that Ten Hag has steadied the ship, the club have a real opportunity to push on under the Dutchman now the January transfer window is open. With United in need of attacking reinforcements, Mirror Football rounds up all the latest transfer news from in and around Old Trafford...

Ten Hag chases wonderkid

Manchester United have become the latest club to join the race for Sunderland prodigy Chris Rigg.

The 15-year-old, who captains England's U16 side, is valued at around £2.5million and already has a string of high-profile admirers after impressing in the youth ranks on Wearside, according to The Sun.

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Despite United's interest, Newcastle are believed to be in pole position to land the talented teenager. Rigg, who plays in midfield, is rated as one of the best players of his age in the country and has also attracted attention from Everton.

Dubravka loan cut short

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Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag chases wonderkid after loan spell cut shortMartin Dubravka's loan spell has been cut short by Newcastle (Manchester United via Getty Imag)

Newcastle have recalled goalkeeper Martin Dubravka from his season-long loan at Old Trafford.

The Slovakian shot-stopper joined United in the final days of the summer transfer window but failed to make a single league appearance during his short stint in Manchester.

Dubravka did play twice for United in the Carabao Cup and was thanked for his services by the club in a statement which read: "We would like to thank Martin for his contribution during his time with our club, and wish him all the best for the future."

Dubravka's absence could mean more game-time for veteran Tom Heaton, who returned to the club in the summer on a free transfer.

Marseille plot Hannibal swoop

Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag chases wonderkid after loan spell cut shortMarseille are reportedly interested in Manchester United midfielder Hannibal Mejbri (Getty Images)

French giants Marseille are ready to make a move for United prospect Hannibal Mejbri as the Tunisian teenager continues to impress away from Old Trafford.

Hannibal, 19, has earned rave reviews in the Championship this year after joining Birmingham City on a season-long loan deal back in the summer. However, his performances have now attracted the attention of Marseille, who The Sun claim are now gearing up to launch a permanent swoop for the highly-rated midfield maestro.

United have been keeping a keen eye on Hannibal's progress themselves but Marseille are poised to step up their own interest after sending one of their top talent scouts to make a personal check on the youngster last week.

Dan Marsh

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