Manchester United have announced their first transfer of the summer with the signing of Swansea’s, Daniel James. The Welsh international becomes the first signing of the transfer window after an 18 million deal was agreed between both parties. This is a great place to start the transfer window, it is just that the pace the club has been since the end of the season has been needed some questioning.
After it was certain United will not be in the Champions League next season, there seems to be a lack of interest from every angle at the club instead of a plan to bounce back as soon as possible. The concern that despite the star-studded team at Old Trafford, finishing sixth was never going to be an acceptable benchmark.
The several senior players at the club have failed to light up the team and have not been able to perform to the standard of what they earn. Some have been attributed to the arrival of players like Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku and the likes of others that have contributed little in the past season.
The season ended with Luke Shaw being voted the best player at the club’s award. This draws concern about why they need the likes of Pogba that drop a 4/10 performance in most of the games and only give a 9/10 in very few games in the season. This also suggests that breeding players that are homegrown or young players across the country could add more value to the club.
It is painful that despite all that has been spent in the last few years, United have failed to hit the right rock in their progress to return to the summit of the league. This can be attributed to many factors but is the lack of direction from the club as regards their transfer policy.
All that seems the club is doing is see an available top player and go for him regardless if he fits into the manager’s plan or not. The signing of Alexis Sanchez is one that will have cost another CEO his job if not Ed Woodward.
It was an unnecessary buy looking at where United was then. With that failed transfer now, United have been more conservative about making big money moves which also call for concern. That Sanchez does not work out doesn’t mean that another big-money deal will also not work out.
The club needs several injections in a different position but it all seems that the club has hit the caution button. What United fails to understand is that the clubs they are competing with have also made false signings but that never stopped them from attempting more! Manchester City brought in Bravo and sold him after a season to bring in Ederson as his replacement.
John Stones joined but they also brought in Aymeric Laporte. They have Sterling and Sane, that didn’t stop them going all out for Mahrez. As long as the player is in the framework of the manager, the club should go all out and get him. If a bet is taken on the rate of success of a new signing by one of the best betting sites, there is a high odd that many new signings won’t come good especially coming from abroad.
Online betting sites will even give higher odds for a United player not to come through. So if a signing doesn’t go well, it all should not be on the manager alone.
If the issue is about not trusting the manager as the case of Jose Mourinho, then bringing in Ole Gunnar Solksjaer should mean that the club should be all out to support him rather than being cold feet with signing. United is on the brink of further sinking the order in the league if their transfer policy and how the club is being run is not looked into with a different microscope.