Approaching three weeks since the transfer window opened, Manchester United are yet to move.
Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham and Chelsea have all secured signings, and do not look to be done yet.
So far United’s transfer efforts have been bottlenecked by the stalled pursuit of Jadon Sancho.
The MEN report United are still hopeful of doing a deal despite Dortmund’s insistence that a deadline has been missed.
But there is a very real danger that United will waste valuable time and end up not strengthening in the way we need do.
This team has a chance to be special
United’s team has grown a lot over the past year with the defence much improved.
Bruno Fernandes has also lit up the attack, while the trio of Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial have all set individual benchmarks.
If United do not build on this though, and show support for the players and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, then this team will be left behind as one of unfulfilled potential.
Players like Paul Pogba expect to see additional support brought in. If that does not happen, then he too will question his future once again.
This summer can be a pivotal juncture for United. Spend big and kick on, or mess it up and risk it all disintegrating.
The Tottenham example
United are enacting a similar slow build to one Mauricio Pochettino attempted at Tottenham.
Yet at a critical phase of their development in 2018, not a single signing was made. In the same year Liverpool spent £150 million on Alisson and Virgil van Dijk.
Pochettino helped Tottenham rally to reach the Champions League final within a year, but then it all fell apart.
Key players began questioning their future, or saw their contracts come close to expiring, having been previously reluctant to do so when the team was not investing in 2018. The lack of signings that summer came back to bite them.
If United’s team is not given the strengthening it needs this summer, then in a year’s time the effects may begin to show up.
How long can Solskjaer rely on a first XI with back-up players who are not up to the same standard? What happens when injuries bite, and United get left behind by rivals who are investing?
United experienced first hand in 2018, the repercussions of poor transfer business the last time we qualified for the Champions League. There was a bad start to the season and Jose Mourinho was fired months later.
This is a time for positivity, but United should not ignore what is at stake here. Players absolutely have to be brought in.
If United can get the Sancho deal done somehow, then the sky is the limit. If not, then quality solutions need to be found.
Doing nothing would be unforgivable, and there will be repercussions on the pitch.
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