Manchester United got it badly wrong last summer with Bruno Fernandes.
The club decided not to sign him despite showing interest, with The Mail reporting United viewed him as too much of a risk taker.
This sounded crazy at the time, for a player of the Portugal international’s clear quality.
Skip forward a few months, and United recognised the clear mistake which was made, after a side lacking creativity – and risk taking – laboured through the first half of the season.
A deal for Fernandes was eventually struck, and United have looked like a totally different team since.
Now United may be looking to correct a second transfer market error by moving to sign Donny van de Beek.
Back on the radar
Van de Beek would have been the perfect replacement for Ander Herrera last summer. Instead United put faith in Andreas Pereira.
The Times report United ‘looked into signing Van de Beek last August’ and are now giving serious consideration to buying him this summer.
The Independent reported in January that Van de Beek was a potential target, although at this stage Fernandes was the priority.
Now United are taking a fresh look at Van de Beek, who would add depth as a central midfielder, and as cover for Fernandes.
Perhaps it was just too much to ask for United to get everything done in one transfer window last summer, with the club concentrating on signing Harry Maguire as a key target.
Yet it is important to point out that Maguire was a target in 2018 under Jose Mourinho, and if he had been bought then, for a cheaper price, then United would have been freer to pursue Fernandes and Van de Beek last summer.
It may feel like United are finally getting their act together in the transfer market, but we are still trying to clean up the mistakes made previously.
At least the club made good on the Fernandes error and got him in the end. We got lucky that no other side snapped him up.
We might get fortunate with Van de Beek too, with Marca reporting that Real Madrid have postponed all summer transfers.
With Van de Beek keen to sort out his future, this gives us a chance to steal in and buy the 23-year-old.
If he is anything like Fernandes, then the Dutchman will be worth the wait.
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