United board's decision last summer is yet to add up
This is not the summer we thought it would be at Manchester United.
Naively, we figured June and July would see a spending spree with United keen to make up for lost time. It hasn’t happened.
It makes the decisions made in 2018 look even worse.
A year ago United had just finished second. The team were crying out for investment to reach the top.
Two unproven players were signed from abroad and Jose Mourinho did not get the centre-back or winger he wanted, and needed.
Mourinho was sacked months later, a fate he contributed to with odd team selections and an increasingly difficult demeanour.
When United fired him, the decision not to back him in the market in 2018 became just about justifiable.
Why back a difficult manager with millions, when he is heading for the exit.
But it looks more clear that Mourinho was managing with one arm tied behind his back.
There is just no sense at all in not backing Mourinho, if the board are not going to properly back his successor in the transfer market this summer.
Time will not be kind to that decision.
This summer United have signed two players, Dan James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
They are pleasing additions, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has not got what he is reported to have wanted.
United have spent around £65 million on the pair. The team needs another £150-200 million more, and that’s if we can keep key players.
A new centre-back is badly needed, the team still doesn’t have a proven right winger, and at least two signings are needed in central midfield.
In an ideal world a back-up left-back would sign and another striker.
We finished sixth last season and already a title challenge seems optimistic.
It wasn’t this time last year, at least before the transfer window unravelled.
The board are not chasing the calibre of target required to take United back to the top either. Some of the names mentioned have been distinctly uninspiring.
It’s not too late to reverse this. There’s a month to go until the transfer window closes. Get two or three top quality players in and the summer takes on a different slant.
The more this summer goes on like this though, the worse last year looks, and you just wonder what is going on.