Manchester United supporters enter another week hoping for the best with regard to transfers, and beginning to believe less and less.

At the start of the summer there was optimism over transfers. Now frustration is taking over, as United risk standing still while rivals strengthen.

Thursday will mark one month since the transfer window opened, and United at present do not look close to doing any business.

The club have backed off paying Borussia Dortmund’s £108 million asking price [The Mail] for Jadon Sancho.

No other deals appear close either, and it is unclear if they will be.

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Was Fernandes the summer expense?

The fear dawning on United supporters now is the realisation that Bruno Fernandes was our big summer signing.

United broke with recent tradition and spent big in the January transfer window, paying up for Bruno Fernandes in a deal which could rise to £67.7 million [The Times].

The club had to make this mid-season move, with an injury crisis and poor form exacerbating the need for a spark in the team.

Back at the start of February, The Evening Standard reported Fernandes’ transfer would come out of the summer transfer budget.

 

It was one of those reports you would dismiss at the time, in the hope that is was not true, while believing that Champions League qualification would cancel it out.

The effects of the pandemic have obviously had a damaging effect on the club’s finances too. We will see just how much, over the next few weeks before the transfer deadline.

Fernandes needs help too

Fernandes has been an unbelievable signing so far. United have got great value for money on the deal.

Failing to strengthen the team now will create problems later on, just as the decision not to pay up for Fernandes in summer 2019 highlighted the need to buy him in January.

But he needs help too. United do not at present have a viable alternative for him in his position, and he is being pushed to start every single game.

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Even if there is no deal done this summer bigger than the £67.7 million fee United’s agreement for Fernandes could rise to, United need to do something, and find a way to strengthen on whatever meagre budget is available.

Hopefully, our fears are misplaced and we are proved wrong on this, and United still have plans to buy big. As the days go on though, it begins to look more unlikely.

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