The summer transfer window has officially closed, and the Glazers and co. have left us with nothing but further doubts about the mismanagement of our beloved club. With the window now closed, we have lost the ability to further bolster the squad (other than players from the Championship) we have against the impending onslaught of difficult matches in the Champions League.
United’s Transfer Window
Let’s look at Ole’s priority list, in order, for the summer transfer window and what the Glazers and Woodward failed to deliver for our manager:
- Right Winger – Miserable Fail – Miss out on number one target Jadon Sancho in embarrassing fashion; United brass responded by signing two 18-year old wingers Amad Diallo & Facundo Pellistri; Diallo can’t join until January and Pellistri probably wouldn’t start for the U23’s at the moment….
- Center Back – Fail – Spent the whole window trying to raise funds to buy another CB; only able to sell Smalling on the last day, which was used to fund the acquisition of LB Alex Telles; added another highly rated youngster to the Academy, Willy Kambwala. Looking forward to watching Kambwala start in 2025…
- Left Back – Success – Arguably the best dollar-for-dollar purchase of the window for United, and the only immediate upgrade on our starting XI made this summer: Alex Telles is one hell of a player. Provides cover and competition with Luke Shaw, while arguably being an upgrade both offensively and defensively.
- CDM – Fail – For all the areas in midfield that warranted additional investment this summer, purchasing another #10 shouldn’t have been one of them. Donny van de Beek is an absolute talent, but arguably a luxury buy after purchasing Bruno and retaining Mata and Lingard for another season. Matic’s CDM position would have made more sense to strengthen, but instead Woodward took a sweetheart deal with Edwin van der Sar because he has no clue. Triggering Thomas Partey’s release clause would have been a much smarter move, but United are cash poor and couldn’t afford the buy-out clause.
- Striker – Too Soon to Call – The acquisition of free agent Edison Cavani will go one of two ways; he will either be a Falcao or a Zlatan. The difference between the two? Falcao was thrust upon LVG on deadline day after Woodward bottled the window (sound familiar?). Jose signed Zlatan specifically to add leadership, experience and, of course, goals. Based on the fact he was brought in on deadline day, given the #7, and was never really part of Ole’s plan, this smells like a Falcao.
If this was a test, and there were five questions, I would give the Manchester United board a 3/10. They upgraded only one position in the starting XI, failed to offload deadwood and left another manager in the lurch.
Where Do We Go From Here?
Where does this conversation even start? How many more ex-United players and others with ties to the club have to come forward before the Glazer criminals listen to us?
The name Sancho is now emblazoned in our minds for what seems like years, in my opinion, is currently out of the picture. I believe the next transfer window that comes around will see him sold at a much higher price and we are certainly not equipped to pay it.
Our overspending on transfers and the too high wages that we offer, players have always been in our minds, but the times it hurts the most is right now. We watched this terrible transfer window collapse while players like Rojo pull in £80,000 a week, and Donny van de Beek doesn’t get the starting minutes that he deserves.
A few things are certainly apparent in my mind, we need a director of football, and we need the Glazers the hell out.