Manchester United are paying the price for a “shambolic” transfer window, and Ed Woodward should have gone all-out on deadline day to sign world-class players after their poor start to the season. That’s the opinion of ESPN pundit Craig Burley, who explained that United are still trying to catch up with the rest of the big sides in the Premier League.
United endured a manic transfer deadline day on Monday, as the club made five signings in the space of 24 hours.
Alex Telles became their most expensive signing of the day, with the left-back signing in a deal worth £18million. Winger Amad Traore was signed for a similar fee from Atalanta, but won’t join until January.
Edinson Cavani, Facundo Pellistri and Willy Kambwala were all signed, with the latter joining up with the under-18 side.
Reports on Wednesday claimed United failed to sign any of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s transfer targets, as they missed out on Jadon Sancho, Jack Grealish and Dayot Upamecano.
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And Burley explained on ESPN FC that United should have gone all-out on deadline day after their poor start to the Premier League season.
The Red Devils are currently sat in 16th spot in the table after two defeats in three games.
They have now shipped 11 goals in three games, with six of those coming in their humiliating 6-1 defeat against Tottenham on Sunday.
Burley claimed that United have been “outplayed” in all three games, having relied on a 100th-minute penalty to beat Brighton away from home.
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“It’s been another shambolic window from one of the biggest clubs in the world,” he said.
“They’re still trying to play catch-up.
“There were those who saw United’s run to third place in the league and thought they were the best thing since sliced bread.
“Now having watched them since the start of the season, they can see the squad still needs an overhaul.
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“Once again, we’ve seen the hierarchy of this football club stumble around like drunks on a Friday night trying to sign players. Quite frankly, it’s just not good enough.
“They still should be better than what we’ve seen on the field with what they’ve got. They’ve been outplayed by every team so far.
“Crystal Palace – outplayed and humiliated. Brighton and Hove Albion – outplayed, and that was one they got away with. That’s before we even get to the Tottenham game. Tottenham were going to beat them on that day, because Tottenham had their number.
“They’ve been humiliated in all three games. You would have thought that would have spurred Ed Woodward on to go and at least make some big signings, but no.”
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