While one transfer window has just closed, its never too early to look ahead to the next one. Especially when Manchester United left their recruitment half-done.
A report in The Sun this week has claimed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be given the £75 million to spend from Romelu Lukaku’s sale in January.
United are not typically big movers in January, and the reliability of the source is certainly dubious.
From a strategic point of view, it does make sense for United to spend the money in January.
Here are three reasons why the club should be bold and use the funds…
The early summer transfer deadline has already shortened United’s potential summer negotiation period. Euro 2020 makes it even tougher.
Top players will be away with their international teams, delaying transfers, decreasing the opportunity to get deals done.
This makes it smart to get ahead of the curve, and secure a top target in January.
Get the edge on rivals
United did not spend this past January and in hindsight it was an error.
We narrowly missed out on the Champions League places, by five points and goal difference.
In other words, the points dropped at the end of the season at home to Chelsea and Cardiff and away at Huddersfield.
Signing either Aaron Wan-Bissaka or Harry Maguire at the start of the year could have made the difference.
And then our summer business would have been easier, with higher calibre targets like Jadon Sancho more viable thanks to Champions League football.
United should seize the chance in January to give the squad a lift and get an edge on our rivals for top four spot.
The team needs strengthening
The biggest reason of all, United would not be spending £75 million for the sake of it. The money would be spent out of necessity.
Already this season through two games, United’s decision not to sign an attacking midfielder is being highlighted.
We counted as many as six areas of the squad to potentially improve just before deadline day.
Injuries between now and January is likely to further expose United’s squad needs.
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