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Manchester United supporters have been left rather frustrated by their lack of incoming deals during the summer transfer window – but it might be the lack of outgoing deals doing more damage to the club.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ed Woodward have both been heavily criticised in the last week for their performance on the pitch and lack of incoming deals in the transfer market before the Monday deadline.
Not only did United lost 6-1 at home to Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham on Sunday, but they look to have failed to bring in their key transfer target in England forward Jadon Sancho.
Another poor showing from those in charge has been their failure to move on some of their fringe players over the past few months, with Chris Smalling one of those who is set to remain at Old Trafford.
The Sun have reported that Smalling, Jesse Lingard, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Sergio Romero will all remain beyond the deadline, and are earning a combined total of £365,000-a-week.
Romero and Rojo are said to be earning £50,000-a-week, which is £25,000 less than Phil Jones.
Smalling’s wages come in at £90,000, with Lingard getting £100,000.
The 30-year-old defender looked certain to rejoin Roma on a permanent deal before talks broke down on Monday, despite Solskjaer praising his ability in the past.
The Norwegian said in September: "At the moment, we've not had any bids up to the level that we want. So that's the situation."
Having said in August: “I think Chris has shown over his career how valuable he is at Manchester United.”
Solskjaer had also stated last season that he expected Smalling to return to the club ahead of the current campaign, and appeared to be delighted with his performances in Serie A.
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He said: ”Chris has been fantastic. We know that sometimes if you change the environment it can go both ways.
“Chris is the type to relish these challenges and he's cultured and he enjoys life there.
“It's a different life, it's a new experience for him. He's a boy who, he couldn't be here without being a regular and we decided on that and I'm so, so happy for him, because we can see the top player that he is.”
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