Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince has slammed the club's recruitment strategy, claiming they should have signed Thomas Partey and Raul Jimenez.
United's top transfer target in the summer was Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho but they failed to submit a suitable offer for the England international and the Bundesliga side refused to do business with them.
After signing Donny van de Beek from Ajax, United got four deals done on deadline day with Facundo Pellistri, Alex Telles, Amad Diallo and Edinson Cavani completing moves.
But after a slow start to the season, it is becoming clear United are still short on quality players.
Arsenal made their own deadline day signing in Partey and his impact was clear on Sunday as they beat United 1-0.
While Jimenez continues to be the main man for Wolves with four goals this season, having been linked to United.
And Ince feels United missed a trick by not signing Partey and Jimenez.
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"Recruitment at United has been really, really poor. They've always had money to buy players. If you bring players in for those big amounts and you're not playing them but the team is winning, then great," Ince said.
"When you don't play them and the team isn't getting results, people will start questioning Ole about recruitment and results. Those two factors combined are going to put pressure on Ole. Recruitment and results.
"There are so many players out there who could have come into that Man United team. You look at Thomas Partey, Raul Jiminez. Last season United needed to bring in a striker and they go and get Odion Ighalo from China. What was that about?
"Go and spend £40m on Jiminez. He's a proven striker, a scorer. You know, and then they go and get Edinson Cavani who will hardly play.
"You've got to look at the structure, the recruitment, the scouting system and think 'what are they looking at?' There's a lot of good players out there, top, top players.
"Go and get these players. But they haven't. If you're going to spend the money, put them in the team.
"I'm not having this 'you've got to give them time' – you've got to put them in there straight away if you're going to spend that money. Why would you spend £40m on a player who you're going to just stick on the bench?
"Ole will have wanted these players. As recruitment goes he will have had a list of players and number one targets, number two targets, if you can't get number one then go for number two, and so on."
Paul Ince, speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at its launch of the 5-A-Side Bet on Leicester v Wolves
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