Although Manchester United have signed Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho this transfer window, the club’s priority positions to recruit for may have been jeopardised by their recruitment strategy
Manchester United ‘s transfer strategy may come back to bite them in the club’s pursuit of their priority targets.
The Red Devils have certainly strengthened this summer with three statement signings despite the clamour to bring in a defensive midfielder and shore up their core.
On top of the sensational return of Cristiano Ronaldo on a two-year deal for just £12.86million, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has added two long-term targets in Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane for an initial £73m and £34m respectively, as well as goalkeeper Tom Heaton returning to the club on a free.
The trio of additions all profile impressively and United supporters are understandably excited, but their exploits over the past three months may have derailed their plans to improve the team in a more logical manner.
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Mirror Football understands that United’s strategy, according to those closely involved in their transfer business, is about “priorities and building over multiple windows,” with central midfield not considered a pressing area.
The Red Devils delaying moves means they have missed out on Eduardo Camavinga to Real Madrid, Saul Niguez to Chelsea and lost battles for Jude Bellingham and Jack Grealish, who would be more of an eventual Paul Pogba replacement than a central midfielder.
Declan Rice and Ruben Neves have been the most linked targets but Chelsea and Arsenal’s respective interest has made capturing one of the pair more difficult.
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Fred’s performances in the past two Premier League outings have not been reassuring for fans, while Scott McTominay is out injured and has evolved into a more attacking threat.
It leaves an ageing Nemanja Matic and an out-of-favour Donny van de Beek as current holding midfield options due to Pogba, who is in the final year of his contract, being deployed in a wider role to cover his defensive deficiencies.
However, Solskjaer is still pleased with his summer business and told Sky Sports on Sunday: “We’ve gradually improved and improved and signed younger players.
“Now we’ve signed Jadon, who is also a young player and Raphael who is experienced and won everything. Now hopefully Cristiano can come in and show what he’s done in his career.”
On the five-time Ballon d’Or winner returning to Old Trafford, the Norwegian believes he can prove the doubters wrong.
“He’s a more experienced player than when he was here last time,” said Solskjaer. “He’s evolved and had an unbelievable career. All the talk about how he’s too old- just make it personal and he’ll show what he can do.”
Left-back Luke Shaw added: “I feel like it’s given the club a massive lift, not just inside but also outside.
“Obviously it’s a big positive. He’s been one of the best players in the world for a number of years now.
He continued: “Everyone is excited for him to come in and not just learn from him but to be able to play with him too.”
Although the impact of United’s business may be immeasurable from a club and dressing room standpoint, it remains to be seen whether it was right decision to go down the romantic route.