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Man United’s transfer window, no Sancho and no new central defender have fans expecting the worst

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It was meant to be a summer of possibilities for Manchester United, but as they prepare for their first game since transfer deadline day, there are again more questions than answers. Top targets missed, holes in the squad not filled, forgotten players still in the squad and growing fan frustration has become a familiar storyline at Old Trafford.

Saturday’s trip to Newcastle was supposed to be the next step of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s new dawn after a largely successful first full season in charge, but instead the future looks more stormy than it should.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

It was after Louis van Gaal’s reign as manager ended in 2016, that Ed Woodward realised the way United recruited players was not good enough. Daley Blind and Morgan Schneiderlin are still held up by Woodward, executive vice-chairman, as examples of the type of deal to be avoided — two players signed for a combined £40 million at the specific request of the manager, but, in hindsight, not “United” players.5

It prompted a review and revamp of the recruitment department, and last summer, when Solskjaer got his top three targets — midfielder Daniel James, centre-back Harry Maguire and right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka — signed before the first game of the season, it was celebrated as evidence that the changes were paying off. How, then, did they end up scrambling around on Oct. 5 — the revised transfer deadline day deadline day in 2020 — to sign four players, one of whom was Edinson Cavani, a 33-year-old free agent who had been available since January?cheap nfl jerseys china nike

“What the transfer deadline gives you is a clear indication of which are the badly-run football clubs,” Gary Neville tweeted on the last day of the summer window in 2012. It’s a position Man United have found themselves in repeatedly since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.

The club maintain that this summer’s business (Cavani, Donny van de Beek, Alex Telles, Facundo Pellestri and Amad Traore, the latter of whom will arrive in January) does not represent a step backward, but rather a bump in the road caused by the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The club agreed upon their transfer targets in January, whittled it down to a shortlist of three for each position, and detailed meetings were held every four weeks, with input with head of global scouting Marcel Bout and technical chief scout Mick Court. But before serious negotiations could start, COVID-19 hit the UK, and Premier League games were suspended.

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