We are still waiting for Manchester United to get it together and start tying up transfer deals.

After a terrible end to the season, you would think there would be a bit more urgency this summer.

Especially considering Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made clear he wants deals done before pre-season.

It looks even worse when considering by now in 2007, Manchester United had already signed three players.

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Crazy summer

By time June began, United had already wrapped up three impressive deals.

Owen Hargreaves was signed from Bayern Munich, filling a midfield void.

In attack, a double raid on Portugal for Nani and Anderson brought excitement. United would later follow this up with a deal for Carlos Tevez.

David Gill and Sir Alex Ferguson’s efforts and planning were rewarded one year later as United won a Premier League and Champions League double.

(Photo by Tom Jenkins/Getty Images).

Winning silverware is a lot harder now, which makes United’s lack of transfer business so far even harder to fathom.


It’s not just the lack of incoming players which is irritating, but that there have been no sales either.

United’s 2007 was a big success, lifting the already happy fanbase and showing clear intent.

Long term, Nani, Anderson and Hargreaves would all fail for various reasons, but they had their moments. For one year at least they contributed to win football’s ultimate club prize.

It wasn’t just about the players. It was about the organisation which enabled the deals to happen so quickly.

Now we have a clear lack of planning by comparison. It seems like time is being wasted.

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