Manchester United might have found the perfect signing in the short term – Richard Fay

After a mixed start to the season, some things still seemed inevitable for Manchester United in the early months of the campaign.

A progressive full season debut under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has seen fans get used to big results in big matches, a trait that has been repeated this season already, although the ominous and predictable failure to beat the small teams also exist.

Solskjaer will point to the intense match schedule as the reason behind United’s mixed departure and he’s right that critics need to look at the big picture before considering them too closely.

United could be ninth in the Premier League table, but they still remain ahead of Manchester City and Arsenal and level with Everton despite being one game less than Carlo Ancelotti’s side.

Manchester United were hit with a double punch from Neymar as they lost 3-1 to Paris Saint-Germain in their crucial Champions League game on Wednesday.

This means United travel to Germany with one point from their last group game against RB Leipzig to advance to the final 16.

Before that, the Reds have a tough Premier League trip to West Ham to negotiate this weekend.

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The obvious comparison is with Chelsea; the team they climbed to third place last season but lost in the FA Cup semi-finals. United are still just three points behind Frank Lampard’s side after playing one game less and spending a lot less this summer.

Mitigation of this problem is that Chelsea were making up for lost time in the summer months following their previous transfer ban, while United took a conservative approach closer to that of other elite European clubs.

The Stamford Bridge spending saw United fans watch jealously as they left their own company late in the window, rushing to sign four new players on deadline day.

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Still, while many fans wished they had matched Chelsea with so many top-level attacking additions this summer, it was a free transfer that was perhaps the best deal.

Thiago Silva, like Edinson Cavani, arrived in English football as a series winner with his experience immediately strengthening a weakened area of ​​the pitch.

Much like Cavani revolutionized United’s attacking options, Silva transformed Chelsea’s fortunes at the back with a calm and authority that has been lacking since John Terry left them three years ago.

Deadline to sign Cavani is already paying off for United with two strong performances in the space of a week, as the Uruguayan allayed fears of being a transfer flop with an incredible work rate and his own talents individual.

Many fans had been put off by such signings after failures such as Bastian Schweinsteiger, Angel di Maria and Alexis Sanchez in the past, but Cavani’s immediate impact has once again reignited the debate in favor of these simple additions.

Likewise, Silva’s immediate impact at Stamford Bridge opened up the possibility for United to sign a short-term option to resolve their center-back issue while waiting for a younger target like Dayot Upamecano to become available.

The continued loss of match day income means United will have to think outside the box when it comes to transfers next year, with swaps and free agents much more attractive in the current financial climate.

As a result, now might be a perfect time for United to make another seasoned addition, with Sergio Ramos currently being the prime contender for such a role.

The 34-year-old is set to leave Real Madrid when his contract expires at the end of the current season and a stint in English football could appeal to the series winner who celebrated 22 major accolades during his time in the capital Spanish.

Unlike many previous United flops, Ramos, like Cavani, is a born winner and could bring much-needed experience to an area of ​​the pitch that remains relatively weak.

Ramos could immediately form a partnership with club captain Harry Maguire, allowing Victor Lindelof to join them in a third-back if needed, or simply establish himself as the club’s best rotation option.

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The experience of the Spanish veteran could also help immensely the development of young duo Axel Tuanzebe and Teden Mengi, with the possible arrival of Ramos on a short-term deal not affecting their development too much at the club.

Of course, any potential signing would depend on United getting straddled in deadwood like Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Eric Bailly, but the lack of transfer fees for Ramos would make losing a possible departure of the trio more acceptable.

Solskjaer has every right to continue his general cultural reset at Old Trafford, but just because veteran signings failed before that doesn’t mean they’re completely worthless now.

United will need to get creative to stay competitive in the transfer market as earnings remain limited, maybe it’s time to say ‘vamos’ to Ramos.

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