Manchester United have made deadline day strategy loud and clear

Sky Sports need not send a reporter to Old Trafford today, there is little chance of any incoming transfer deals at Manchester United.
The deadline day strategy is the same as it has been all month at United, no incoming transfers.
United effectively made this decision they moment they decided to appoint an interim boss in December.
Jose Mourinho wanted big money to spend, but the board decided after the Liverpool defeat that enough was enough.

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United are one of the few clubs in world football capable of sanctioning huge deals, as shown by the acquisition of Paul Pogba in 2016.
This is what made the refusal to sign a defender in the summer so frustrating. Yet clearly that was a result of a disconnect between Jose Mourinho and the board.
United have been sensible not to spend this month, and are saving funds for this coming summer.
There would have been little point signing a player wanted by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, if a new manager came in and decided he is not wanted in the summer.

Solskjaer is meanwhile building a case to get the job himself. He has shown the team are competitive, and no immediate signings were required to save embarrassment on the pitch.

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The board are taking a pragmatic view

In the background is United’s reported desire to hire a director of football.
The Telegraph reported earlier this month that RB Leipzig’s Paul Mitchell is wanted at Old Trafford, although the German side are trying to convince him to stay.
Deadline day has become an irrelevance at this time. The only business today will be possible exits, with BBC Sport reporting Marouane Fellaini is close to an exit.
By the summer, United should look to have a permanent boss and director of football in place.
Then will the fun begin with regard to transfers. Hopefully deals will be done early, but deadline day in August could be very different to today’s non-event.

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