Time is running out to save Manchester United’s season. New signings are needed immediately.
But what the decision makers at Old Trafford cannot do is go on a scattergun buying spree from bargain bins around Europe.
Two high quality signings are required to stabilise United’s situation. One striker, and one attacking midfielder.
It would be a mistake to buy players who are inadequate and not good enough for Manchester United, out of desperation.
There are too many of them at Manchester United already, and great effort has been taken to rid the squad of many of the deadwood over the past 12 months.
United made Arsene Wenger panic buy
We all remember United’s fantastic 8-2 victory over Arsenal. It is still a source of pride to this day to taunt rivals fans.
Back in 2011, the Gunners were rocked by such an embarrassing defeat which highlighted weaknesses in their squad.
The 2-0 loss at home to Burnley has the potential to force United to follow the same panic buying spending spree which Arsenal embarked on in the final few days of that summer transfer window following that defeat.
Arsenal spent £27 million on five players in a 48 hour period [source: Vavel]. They signed Chu-Young Park, Andre Santos, Yossi Benayoun, Per Mertesacker and Mikel Arteta.
Mertesacker and Arteta went onto have solid if unspectacular careers at Arsenal, and they should have been the only two players signed.
Instead the Gunners’ desperation saw them bring in Benayoun, Santos and Chu-Young, none of who were up to the standard of player required.
This is what United can’t do. The club need to make sure the additions which come in are quality over quantity.
Sky Sports reported yesterday United had a loan knocked back for Inter Milan back-up Matias Vecino. The 28-year-old is only a bit part player for the Serie A side and would not bring much improvement to Old Trafford.
Today Sky claimed United are looking at Islam Slimani and Odion Ighalo.
While you could argue loans would be low risk, United still have to be careful the right players are recruited, otherwise it’s a waste of time.
United badly need new faces, and so the club can’t be too choosy. But the Red Devils are in a position where the board could panic and make the wrong moves instead of the smart ones.
Quality not quantity still needs to be the mantra heading into the final few days of the transfer window.
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