Man Utd’s transfer strategy could come back to bite them in pursuit of priority goals

Although Manchester United have signed Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho this transfer window, the club’s priority positions to be recruited may have been compromised by their recruiting strategy.

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Manchester United’s transfer strategy could come back to bite them in the club’s pursuit of their priority goals.

The Red Devils certainly got stronger this summer with three declaration signings despite the clamor to call in a defensive midfielder and consolidate their core.

In addition to Cristiano Ronaldo’s sensational return to a two-year contract for just £ 12.86million, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has added two long-term goals to Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane for an initial £ 73million and £ 34 million respectively.

The trio of additions are all shaping up impressively and United fans are understandably excited, but their exploits over the past three months may have derailed their plans to improve the squad in a more logical way.

Ronaldo made a sensational return to Man Utd on deadline day


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Football Mirror Understand that United’s strategy, according to those closely involved in their transfer business, is to “prioritize and build on multiple windows” with the central midfielder not seen as an urgent area.

The Red Devils delaying moves mean they missed Eduardo Camavinga at Real Madrid, Saul Niguez at Chelsea and lost battles for Jude Bellingham and Jack Grealish, who would be more of a possible replacement for Paul Pogba than a central midfielder.

Declan Rice and Ruben Neves were the most closely related targets, but the respective interest of Chelsea and Arsenal made capturing one of the two more difficult.

Sancho and Varane arrived before the start of the new season


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Fred’s performances in the last two Premier League outings have not been reassuring for fans, while Scott McTominay is injured and has become a more offensive threat.

He leaves an aging Nemanja Matic and a disadvantaged Donny van de Beek as current midfielder options due to Pogba, who is in the final year of his contract, being deployed in a larger role to cover his defensive shortcomings.

However, Solskjaer is still happy with his summer business and said Air sports Sunday: “We gradually got better and better and recruited younger players.

“Now we have signed Jadon, who is also a young player and Raphael who has experience and who has won everything. Now I hope Cristiano can come and show what he has done in his career.”

On the five-time Ballon d’Or winner back at Old Trafford, the Norwegian thinks he can prove the skeptics wrong.

“He’s a more experienced player than when he was here last time,” Solskjaer said. “He’s grown and had an amazing career. All the talk about being too old, make it personal and he’ll show what he can do.”

Left-back Luke Shaw added: “I feel like it’s given the club a huge boost, not only on the inside but also on the outside.

“Obviously that’s a big plus point. He’s been one of the best players in the world for several years now.

He continued, “Everyone is delighted that he is coming and not only learning from him, but also being able to play with him.”

While the impact of United’s affairs may be immeasurable from a club and dressing room perspective, it remains to be seen whether this was a good decision to go the romantic route.

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