United's half-hearted pursuit of Ndombele a missed opportunity

There are not too many players around like Tanguy Ndombele and Manchester United may regret missing out.

Ndombele clinched a £65 million move to Spurs this week, with it claimed United made a half-hearted attempt to sign him.

L’Equipe reported United signalled their interest to Lyon, but told them they needed more time to sort out Paul Pogba’s future instead.

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In essence, he was only being considered as a replacement.


This is a lack of foresight from United, who could have given Pogba an extra reason to stay by partnering him with his France international teammate.

If United do end up selling Pogba, this summer, or next, missing out on Ndombele will look even worse.

Ndombele is an all action midfielder, strong defensively, confident in possession and willing to take players on.

He will be a big hit in the Premier League, and United have let a rival strengthen through the club’s own indecisiveness.

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It would be understandable Tottenham beat United to Ndombele in a straight contest. They have Champions League football and a more established manager.

The disappointment is that United did not really try. Not properly.

Ndombele could have been convinced if United went all out to sign the Frenchman.

Instead there was a half-hearted message from Ed Woodward, and United are yet to sign any midfielders this summer.

Either go fully in, or miss out. United might regret being so laid back about Ndombele.

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