In seasons past Manchester United fans would have been keen to see what big named player is coming to Old Trafford.
As Monday’s transfer deadline day passed by, yet again fans of the Red Devils would have been bitterly disappointed.
United putting all their eggs in one basket
With their sites set all summer long on trying to secure the signing of Jadon Sancho, yesterday’s effort was poor.
Yes, they have added to the squad by signing Brazilian defender Alex Telles along with Amad Diallo and Facundo Pellistri.
After losing out on Sancho, United were left to desperately sign a big name striker. Instead they ended up with a 33-year-old veteran forward who last played a competitive match seven months ago. Add in to the mix a signing who has been plagued with injuries.
United sign Cavani on a free transfer
Enter Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, after being released by PSG at the end of last season. The veteran is also reported to be on £250,000 per week, not bad for somebody coming to the end of their career.
In his prime of a few years ago you would say the signing of Cavani was good business. Realistically this was a last gasp deal aiming to please the many unsettled fans at the club.
Root of the problem is in defence
Anybody can see that the root of United’s problems are clearly at the back. The decision yesterday to see Chris Smalling return to Roma is baffling as well. After the weekends humiliating 6-1 defeat to Tottenham, Ole has to seriously look at his defence which needs strengthening.
All of this boils down to the simple question, is Ed Woodward the right man to run the Club’s football operations? It appears that all transfers are not being conducted by the manager and big mistakes are being made.
This problem has been harbouring for a while now. Back in January United set their sights on capturing Josh King and Danny Ings. Instead, the club ended up with Odion Ighalo, now aged 31.
After lockdown and a transfer window, nothing has changed
A lockdown that lasted over three months and a ten week transfer window offered the club a chance to put things right.
Former players have recently voiced their concern about the transfer dealings of the club. United have always been one of the greatest football clubs in the world, and will remain so. However, at present there appears no direction both on and off the field.
Since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club in 2013, the club hasn’t been the same and in truth will continue this way.
Club admited to problem a while ago
Under former manager Louis van Gaal the club admitted they had a recruitment problem. They said at the time they were targeting younger, hungrier players motivated to play for the club.
Woodward has to realise that the club are screaming out for a sporting director to sort out transfer and contract negotiations.
OGS is doing the job to the best of his ability but his hands are tied by hierarchy. These are the people that are clearly not very good at buying and selling footballers.