Manchester United’s summer transfer window did not go according to plan. But that is not to say there weren’t bargains to be had.
United were in desperate need of a new right winger and Xherdan Shaqiri was available for only £13million (BBC).
So what did Jose Mourinho do? He ignored one of the few absolute steals of the year to pursue yet more centre-backs.
Liverpool triggered that release clause, and reaped the rewards when the Swiss international scored a brace against United on Sunday.
Shaqiri has now scored five goals and provided three assists in 17 appearances for United’s fierce rivals. More often than not, those have come from the bench.
How United could do with a super-sub who actually delivers. Instead Mourinho calls on Marouane Fellaini or a mis-firing Alexis Sanchez.
At Liverpool he is a wonderful option from the bench. At United he could have been a guaranteed starter.
It was not to be. But United will be kicking themselves.
It is time they ditch Mourinho and hire a manager who can find bargains in an ever-inflating market.
They are out there. One just scored a brace against United in 20 minutes.