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5 reasons why Manchester United have failed in the transfer market this summer

Varun Totadri
Modified 18 Sep 2020, 19:46 IST
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#3 Inability to raise money from sales

Manchester United desperate to raise funds by selling fringe players
Manchester United desperate to raise funds by selling fringe players

Manchester United currently have many fringe players in their squad, that they are either unwilling to let go or have not found suitors for. Players like Jesse Lingard, Andreas Pereira, Phil Jones, Diogo Dalot, Marcos Rojo, and Chris Smalling are all first-team players, who do not seem to have any chance of breaking into the starting XI.

Chris Smalling spent last season on loan at Roma, where he became a cult hero. Smalling is the one player in the aforementioned list, who might still have a chance to play an important role in the United squad.

Jesse Lingard was linked with a move to Everton or West Ham and is maybe a player, who if sold, can raise £20-30 million. Right-back Diogo Dalot has also been linked with a move away, and is reportedly available for £15 million. Manchester United can use that money to reinvest in the squad.

In order to accommodate new signings, Mnachester United will have to make room in the squad, by moving on the likes of Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones and Andrea Pereira. The sale of these players, will also help open up United's wage cap, with Rojo, Jones and Pereira all earning in excess of £80,000 per week.

#2 No alternative options


This is a problem that we have seen with Manchester United, since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson. United, spend the bulk of their transfer windows, chasing a single player. United have in the past, wasted entire transfer windows, chasing the likes of Gareth Bale, Thomas Muller, Cesc Fabregas, Antoine Girezmann and so on, rather than switching their attentions to alternative options.

Manchester United have seemingly wasted their 2020-21 summer transfer window, chasing Jadon Sancho, rather than focusing on alternative options like, Ousmane Dembele, Ismaila Sarr or Douglas Costa.

Manchester United will now have to resort to final week, or deadline day deals, where they will have to pay higher rates, because clubs will be aware of United's desperate efforts to make new signings.

#1 Lack of Ambition

Ed Woodward quickly becoming a villain at Manchester United
Ed Woodward quickly becoming a villain at Manchester United

This may be a harsh accusation of Manchester United, who in the past, have tried to sign big players, and the biggest managers in the game, to elevate the club back to the levels it was during Sir Alex Ferguson's time at the helm.


Manchester United this summer have however, given the impression that they are satisfied with their squad, because they earned a Champions League place last season. United's transfer business, fails to show any signs of the club trying to close the gap between them and Liverpool or Manchester City. Manchester United's transfer window, has not been that of a club that is aiming to fight for the Premier League, or for silverware.

Much of Manchester United's transfer activity, or lack of it, could be down to the lack of funds, because of the Coronavirus pandemic, or because of United's new transfer policy.

Manchester United fans are, however, worried about what direction the club are headed, and whether the 2020-21 season might be a campaign where they take two steps backward, after finally taking a step forward last season.

Published 18 Sep 2020, 19:46 IST
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