Manchester United's ins and outs - summer 2021

Tuesday 31 August 2021 23:00

The 2021 summer transfer window has closed and Manchester United can reflect on a busy period in the market.


The first of four signings was signalled on 1 July when an agreement to acquire Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund was announced. The England winger's transfer was finalised 22 days later.

The Reds confirmed the arrival of experienced goalkeeper Tom Heaton, on a free transfer from Aston Villa on 2 July, for his second spell at the club. 

United added four-time Champions League winner Raphael Varane to the squad on 14 August, with the former Real Madrid centre-back being introduced to a packed Old Trafford shortly before his new team-mates demolished Leeds United 5-1 in the club's opening Premier League fixture.

Finally for incomings, a spectacular development took place on 27 August when the club revealed a deal had been struck with Juventus for the return of Cristiano Ronaldo. The transfer was completed, subject to international clearance on deadline day, 31 August.

Ronaldo is coming home


It's official! Cristiano Ronaldo's return to United, from Juventus, has now been finalised.


Also on deadline day, Wales international Daniel James left the Reds in a transfer to Leeds United, with everyone at the club thanking him for his two years of service and wishing him well for the future.

As for other permanent outgoings, goalkeepers Joel Pereira (RKC Waaljwik) and Jacob Carney (Sunderland) were among the first to confirm contracts with new clubs.

A number of Academy youngsters found new clubs after their contracts expired at United, with Mark Helm remaining in the Premier League at Burnley, Max Taylor joining Rochdale on a free transfer and Arnau Puigmal heading back to Spain with Almeria.

Meanwhile, an overseas deal was confirmed for Johan Guadagno with the Under-18s keeper heading to FC Copenhagen and Charlie McCann joined Rangers B.


A number of loan moves away from Old Trafford were sanctioned during the window, with Reece Devine agreeing a switch to Scotland with St Johnstone and Nathan Bishop moving to Mansfield Town.

Tahith Chong joined Birmingham City for the campaign after spending some of the pre-season with the Reds, and scoring in our opening friendly at Derby County. Will Fish (Stockport County) and Di'Shon Bernard (Hull City) also departed, while Facundo Pellistri rejoined Alaves for the campaign.

Axel Tuanzebe remains in the Premier League after agreeing to return to Aston Villa to spend the season with them.

Ethan Galbraith (Doncaster Rovers), Ethan Laird (Swansea City) and Dylan Levitt (Dundee United) then sealed moves after the campaign got under way, as did Andreas Pereira. The Brazil international has joined Flamengo for the campaign.

Brandon Williams switched to Norwich City for the season, hot on the heels of James Garner linking up again with Nottingham Forest after signing a new contract. D'Mani Mellor's temporary move to Salford City was announced on 28 August.

United announce Varane signing


We are delighted to announce the signing of Raphael Varane! Reaction from the Frenchman and Ole here...


Tom Heaton (Aston Villa)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)
Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund)
Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)


Daniel James (Leeds United)
Jacob Carney (Sunderland)
Johan Guadagno (FC Copenhagen)
Mark Helm (Burnley)
Iestyn Hughes (Leicester City)
Oliver Kilner (Oldham Athletic)
Charlie McCann (Rangers B)
Joel Pereira (RKC Waalwijk)
Arnau Puigmal (Almeria)
Max Taylor (Rochdale)

United complete the transfer of Sancho


The club is delighted to announce the signing of Jadon until June 2026, with the option of a further year.


Di'Shon Bernard (Hull City)
Nathan Bishop (Mansfield Town)
Tahith Chong (Birmingham City)
Reece Devine (St Johnstone)
Will Fish (Stockport County)
Ethan Galbraith (Doncaster Rovers)
James Garner (Nottingham Forest)
Ethan Laird (Swansea City)
Dylan Levitt (Dundee United)
D'Mani Mellor (Salford City)
Facundo Pellistri (Alaves)
Andreas Pereira (Flamengo)
Axel Tuanzebe (Aston Villa)
Brandon Williams (Norwich City)