Manchester United will push for more transfers in the remaining days of the transfer window.
Ed Woodward will remain in the UK in order to finalise deals that Man Utd have been in talks with over recent weeks, according to Evening Standard. This will be the first pre-season tour that Woodward has missed out on since being appointed in 2013.
This decision falls in line with Solskjaer’s recent press conference ahead of the game against Spurs in Shanghai. When asked about ongoing transfers, Ole responded with “It’s very important we get the right ones (transfers) in. So we can’t just, when you hit a hurdle, jump on a different path”.
According to reports, Man Utd are not seeing eye-to-eye with other clubs for the value of their players.
Leicester City is holding out for around 80million for their World Cup semi-finalist Harry Maguire, whilst Man Utd are offering £70million. Likewise, Newcastle expects £50million for Sean Longstaff as Man Utd are looking at offering below £30million.
It is clear that Woodward is intent on obtaining these players. There may be room to get Bruno Fernandes’ signature also but could depend on the future of other players like Paul Pogba.
The history of Man Utd’s transfer market activity shows a club that will pass up fantastic opportunities to save a few pennies.
However, this summer may be different, and here are two reasons for Woodward to get at least two more deals over the line as soon as possible…
Man Utd need the Champions League
For branding and sponsorship purposes, Man Utd have to be a Champions League club. When income is threatened, Woodward tends to pull his socks up. For example, Paul Pogba was brought into the club after Man Utd failed to get Champions League football.
This could mean that big transfers are yet to happen, the biggest being around £80million for Harry Maguire.
Man Utd’s poor defence against aerial threats was destructive to Solskjaer’s side last season. Evidence of history repeating itself has been seen in the current pre-season as Man Utd look shaky at the back, especially from set-pieces.
Harry Maguire in a red shirt would result in fewer goals at his own end, more goals at the other and a more pleasing and urgent transition from defence to attack.
Integration into squad
Aaron Wan-Bissaka recently brought in for £50million, looks like he’s been a Man Utd player for 5 years. According to StatmanDave on Twitter, Wan-Bissaka has statistics such as 100% crossing accuracy, 7 take-ons completed, 1 assist and 0 times dribbled past in pre-season so far.
Daniel James, although yet to show what potential he has, looks well-fitting for the squad on and off the pitch.
Woodward needs to bring in Solskjaer’s targets ASAP. This will give them more chance of getting used to Man Utd’s new tactics and approach ahead of their biggest season for many years.