Manchester United are no longer in contention to sign world-class players, and would have signed Harry Kane if they still had the same pulling power when it comes to top talent. That’s the opinion of former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood.
United are scrambling to complete three last-minute deals on transfer deadline day.
So far, they’ve only managed to bring in Donny van de Beek, forking out £40million for the Ajax midfielder.
Club chiefs are expected to spend deadline day working on a deal to sign a winger, with Jadon Sancho still their top target.
Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele is an alternative option if they aren’t able to fork out the £108million for Sancho.
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They are expected to confirm the arrival of Edinson Cavani on a free transfer, as well as Alex Telles for £18m.
But Sherwood believes United need to stop looking at the transfer market to try and rectify their mistakes, because they aren’t able to attract the same calibre of player they once were.
The ex-Tottenham boss told Premier League Productions that United would have signed Kane – who they were linked with earlier this year and bagged twice in Spurs’ 6-1 win over United on Sunday – if they were still able to sign top players.
“We’ve listened to Man United fans, and quite rightly so, saying they need signings and they need this player and that player,” Sherwood said.
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“You don’t need any players to beat Tottenham. You don’t need any players to beat Crystal Palace. You don’t need any players to beat Brighton.
“But, you need a team that has an idea, and an identity of how to play in possession and out of possession.
“At the moment, they’re relying on world-class players – which they have in abundance – like last week at Brighton with Rashford breaking away and scoring that magnificent goal.
“You need a plan. Against evenly matched teams like Tottenham here, you need a plan.
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“Yes, everyone wants them to go and make signings, Man United fans want them to sign the best players in the world.
“They’re not in that market anymore, because that number 10 for Tottenham – if United were in that market, he’d be wearing a Man United shirt.
“Harry Kane would be wearing a Man United shirt if they were in that market anymore, unfortunately, they’re not there. They’re not at that table anymore.
“They need to get the best out of what they’ve got, and they’re not making the best out of it.”
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