Reported Danny Ings enquiry shows Manchester United's lack of direction

Manchester United missed out to Borussia Dortmund over Erling Haaland which looks to have sparked a frantic move for a striker.

Haaland would have been a long-term option but the injury to Marcus Rashford has intensified Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s need for firepower.

There have been plenty of names linked with United in recent days – showing a lack of direction once again from the club – and a new one has emerged today.

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United apparently asked about Ings

According to the Telegraph’s transfer liveblog, 31/01, 10:21am, United submitted an enquiry about Southampton hotshot Danny Ings.

Ings has 16 goals across all competitions this season, as per Transfermarkt, and has been the main driving force behind the Saints’ push away from the Premier League drop zone.

Given Ings’ importance, it was understandable that United were told he was not for sale.

Ings is a good player, having a fantastic season, but United being in for him is indicative of a lack of direction at the club.


Lack of direction

United didn’t replace Romelu Lukaku this summer before spending months chasing Haaland only to miss out.

It seems the club didn’t have a plan in the event that Haaland turned them down, based on the diverse list of names who have been linked with the club since.

Rashford’s injury has seemingly forced United into the market but there is little uniformity in the profile of the players Solskjaer is chasing.

The Times linked United with a shock swoop for Salomon Rondon, who could hardly be more different to Ings.

A slow target man who has been playing in China this season compared to a rapid poacher in the Premier League.

That indicates that United have no clear profile regarding the type of striker they want, they just want a body through the door – that shows a lack of vision and planning.

It seems that United were unable to get a striker deal bubbling under while chasing Bruno Fernandes, which has left the club in a place where Sky Sports report Josh King is the most likely striking target now.

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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.