How costly was no January business for Manchester United?

Almost halfway into June and Manchester United already seem ill prepared for this transfer window.

Back in January, it was sold to us that United were not spending because there was a plan to splash out big money this summer.

Failing to act mid-season is increasingly looking like a big mistake, in more ways than one.

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Season performance

United ended the season in terrible form, but we only finished five points off the top four.

A big signing in defence or midfield could have made a real difference.

This would have secured us Champions League football and opened the door for bigger signings this summer.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had United in terrific form in January. That should have been the moment to capitalise.

Instead the board’s complacency and hesitation saw this opportunity squandered.

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This transfer window

The transfer market has changed for United. Jadon Sancho and Kalidou Koulibaly now appear too expensive.

But existing targets like Aaron Wan-Bissaka were a lot cheaper too.

His performances in the second half of the season have inflated his price tag. Signing him in January would have secured a big saving, potentially of around £20 million.

We were told in January that United would have a cohesive transfer approach with a director of football, and this summer would be worth waiting for.

There is no director of football coming, and United’s plan is still unclear. It was not worth the wait. United should have spent in January.

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