Manchester United’s transfer window has not gone to plan at this early stage.
There is a deadline a way off on October 5, but the Community Shield being scheduled for August 29 shows how near we are to next season already, even if United’s Europa League involvement means the Red Devils will be delayed.
We can do two things. Either judge on what we have seen so far, and based on previous transfer windows, or try to stay patient until the deadline passes.
Former United defender John O’Kane falls into the first category, and believes chief executive Ed Woodward is setting the club up for more failure.
O’Kane used Twitter to convey his thoughts on United’s so-far failed efforts to sign Jadon Sancho, and how it affects the rest of the window.
A knock-on effect
Jadon Sancho, or a different right winger is not the only requirement in this Manchester United squad.
You can make a case that a back-up is needed for Bruno Fernandes, for Marcus Rashford on the left wing, and for Nemanja Matic in defensive midfield.
Odion Ighalo is only a sticking-plaster solution as a back-up striker, with his loan expiring in January 2021, while there are also suggestions more alternatives may be required at centre-back, and even left-back.
United will not be able to address all of these in one transfer window, but the longer the Sancho saga drags on, there is a risk none of them can be done.
Even if Sancho does sign, and there is a good chance he may not now, United will be spending weeks on this.
Should contact not have been well established with Borussia Dortmund months before the transfer window, instead of waiting, and then trying to play games to get him for a cheaper price?
O’Kane implies this is a deliberate cost-cutting tactic from United.
In the last transfer window the club conducted just one transfer at a time. With the Sancho deal potentially so large, it does make some sense that the club are waiting to get it done, or not, before pursuing other deals, but there must be a limit in terms of how long is spent.
There is a danger afterwards if United fail, that clubs will smell the desperation with time ticking down and hike up prices.
It looks poorly planned, once again. Although as O’Kane suggests, this could all be deliberate.
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