Manchester United failed to bring in any of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s top targets in the transfer window, according to reports.
The Red Devils frustrated fans this summer by managing just three major signings as Donny van de Beek joined from Ajax, Alex Telles arrived from Porto and Edinson Cavani was snapped up on a free transfer.
But according to ESPN, none of those players had been on Solskjaer’s shortlist of stars he hoped would turn the team into title challengers. The Norwegian had made Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho a priority, while Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish and Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano were also on his agenda.
Manchester United reportedly failed to bring in any of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s targets
Jadon Sancho (L) and Jack Grealish were high up on the Norwegian’s transfer wishlist
Edinson Cavani joined on a free transfer, but he was not on Solskjaer’s list of possible signings
United have been trying to secure the signature of Sancho for the last few months but reached a sticking point with the Bundesliga side, who would not budge on their £108million asking price. The club also had difficulties in talks with his agents.
Meanwhile, Grealish ended up signing a new contract at Villa Park, with United instead splashing out £40m on van de Beek – who has not yet started a Premier League game since his arrival.
Supporters had to wait until deadline day for the second and third recruits, with Telles adding a solid option at left-back and Cavani a proven goalscorer at the top level and providing competition to Marcus Rashford.
United CEO Ed Woodward has come under fire from fans for failing to strengthen key areas
Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano is said to have been another player Solskjaer was after
All three players that were brought in were given the green light by Solskjaer before signing, the report adds, even if they hadn’t been earmarked by him initially.
But the club were still unable to strengthen a key area that has been highlighted as a weakness in each of United’s league games this season – centre-back. The team have conceded 11 goals already this term – six of which came in a humiliating 6-1 defeat at home to Tottenham on Sunday.
Solskjaer had hoped to secure a top class defender to partner Harry Maguire this season, eyeing up Upamecano as the perfect option, while Nathan Ake was also identified before he ended up joining their rivals Manchester City, ESPN says.
United had also been in for Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele as an alternative to Sancho, but the Frenchman decided to stay at the Nou Camp.
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