Manchester United’s planning ahead of signing Edinson Cavani has been called into question.

Cavani is currently having to quarantine in the UK for two weeks before joining up with the team.

At present unless United can secure an exemption for him, he will miss the next league game against Newcastle, which Anthony Martial is also suspended for.

The Mail‘s report writes: “The situation again raises the question why United waited until late on deadline day to sign a free agent who has been available since June.”

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As it stands, Cavani could get just one day training with his new United teammates before flying to France to take on PSG.

United could not have foreseen Martial’s suspension, and may have wanted to ease Cavani in more slowly.

But as with United’s whole start to the season; if you fail to prepare, then prepare to fail.

Typical of slapdash United approach

United’s summer has been a disaster mostly, and it led to several players arriving back in the UK from holidays just a week before the Premier League season.

The team have lost two of the opening three games, by a combined score of 11-4, amid a backdrop of a very tough and exasperating transfer window.

 

Cavani was a surprise late signing, and one who could help rescue the team’s season.

But this is a case of serious bad planning from United, that he will barely have any preparation before going into his first Champions League game, and looks like missing a league fixture.

Ed Woodward has overseen seven years of turmoil as chief executive, and issues like this are typical of what has been going on at the club over this time.

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The move for Amad Traore was another promising one, let down by the failure to secure a work permit in time for the deadline – meaning he can only sign in January.

Like Cavani, United had all summer long to get it done.

ESPN reported this week that Woodward missed out on all of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first choice signings.

United entered the summer needing a first team right winger, and ended it without one.

At this stage, it is not even surprising.

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