The last two transfer windows under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have shown different sides to United. Last summer United were too cautious.
The club oddly didn’t sign a single midfielder and decided the squad didn’t need a creative new player.
It was a bet that didn’t pay off. Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira weren’t up to the task and the first half of the 2019/20 season was sometimes painful to watch.
United were linked with Bruno Fernandes last summer, but chose not to make a deal.
The Mail claimed this was because Fernandes was considered to have taken too many risks with his death.
That summed up United’s risk aversion strategy. The solution was not to sign another player, choosing not to pursue an alternative instead.
Change of tact
Not signing another player was a good decision in the end, luck rather than judgment. It was only because of our good fortune that the transfer offered by Fernandes at the end of August to Real Madrid did not take place and he remained available in January.
After seeing a tough first half of the season, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and United’s recruiting team have changed their minds.
A lawsuit against Fernandes has been revived and he signed at the end of January and he was signed for an amount that could total £ 67.7million if all the additions are made.
He transformed the team’s attack, with United’s midfielder and forwards clicking and bonding well. This made the decision not to sign him last summer seem laughable and expensive.
So OK, some mistakes were made. The question is how United are reacting this summer?
United must learn from this and be bold. Leave no stone unturned, while spending within financial limits.
We don’t want to end this summer like the last, thinking, ‘Well, three additions is good, but there are still some big holes in the squad’.
The lesson is that if a situation is not resolved, it will come back to bite the team.
Instead, enter a first class player and get first class results. It’s that simple.
United need to add a striker, a right winger and arguably two midfielders, a defensive and a creative, and maybe even a center-back to put together a squad with the consistency required to mount a title challenge. It’s a lot, but why stop short?
Solving every problem should be the goal, there can be no half measures. Last season was a year of transition, a year of learning, and we’ve been through it.
Now is the time for United to react to this and go full speed ahead. We have seen the difference a fantastic player like Fernandes can make.
Now is the time to add more and really push the limits of the funds we have, without being irresponsible.
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