Manchester United fans react as summer transfer deadline extended again

Premier League clubs have voted to move the summer transfer deadline back to September 1st 2020.

The league’s official website confirmed that the deadline will now return to the slot at the end of August or start of September.

There have been two seasons where the window closed before the start of the season.

But as the rest of Europe did not move their deadlines accordingly, Premier League clubs faced losing their top talent in the interim without the chance to replace them until January.

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United fans, who have seen their club drag their pursuit of Bruno Fernandes out for almost the whole of January and then rush to sign Odion Ighalo right at the last minute on deadline day, reacted to the news on Twitter.

The theme of the replies is that there is – understandably – little faith in Ed Woodward to get business regardless of how long he has.

Recruitment is so important to getting United moving in the right direction and until a director of football is appointed, the club will continue to be as rudderless in the market as they were last month.

That’s a very fair criticism but the extension of the deadline may help United this summer.

How can it help?

It is notoriously difficult for clubs to do business in a summer where there is a tournament, so a longer deadline after Euro 2020 could help on that score.

There’s also more time to get underperforming players out of the door, although it is imperative that the Paul Pogba situation does not drag on an overshadow the start of the season. That could become an unwanted distraction.

Many fans can see that the transfer operation at Old Trafford is still not as smooth as it could be but extra time to get deals done is a good thing in that event.

There can be absolutely no excuses for Woodward if he again dithers in the market. He has more than enough time to get the job done.

There wasn’t too much enthusiasm from Reds on Twitter, however, and we’ve put together some of the reaction…

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.