Much has been made of Manchester United’s failure to sign Jadon Sancho in the summer transfer window. Whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was let down by Ed Woodward, or the Red Devils simply could not afford to meet Borussia Dortmund’s colossal demands, we will probably never know for sure.
But United still signed five players in the summer. Five holes were filled, although Amad Diallo is set to arrive at Old Trafford in January, so Solskjaer will still have to wait a while before he can bring him into the fold. As we’ve already discussed, the Red Devils were really only a couple of signings, or a centre-back, away from having a good summer window.
Despite bringing in Donny van de Beek from Ajax, as well as Alex Telles from Porto and Facundo Pellistri from Uruguayan outfit Penarol on deadline day, United’s surprise of the summer was the signing of former Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani.
The 33-year-old is currently unavailable for selection as he quarentines but he could be back involved shortly after the international break, which bodes well for Solskjaer when his side take on PSG in the Champions League group stages. Having someone like Cavani, who has bags of European experience, as a backup option could be a game-changer for the club legend. Don’t forget, Solskjaer was in charge of United’s famous Champions League comeback against PSG.
But Solskjaer’s side are struggling for form, with questions remaining over the manager’s long-term future at the club. Could he perhaps turn to another senior player in the squad for guidance?
Solskjaer was involved in a half-time bust-up with Bruno Fernandes during the humiliating defeat to Tottenham Hotspur if recent reports are to be believed. Fernandes was frustrated with Solskjaer over his tactics with United trailing Spurs 4-1 at half-time despite the fact he had given the home side an early lead with a penalty.
Now that the Norwegian has finally got a right winger in Pellistri, he surely can’t have much to complain about. Pellistri’s former boss Diego Forlan gave Solskjaer a glowing scouting report and Cavani believes that he can be an instant success at Old Trafford with his exciting style of play. The new recruit was hailed by his fellow countryman as a “mischievous” attacking option.
At such a young age, the 18-year-old cannot be expected to hit the ground running, but he will want to give a good impression whenever he makes his first-team debut, which is something that will resonate well with Fernandes, as he has built a reputation amongst the United fanbase for doing exactly just that. After all, the Portuguese midfielder knows a thing or two about making an instant impact at Old Trafford and having Fernandes around to learn from will hopefully take his game to the next level. Once again, one of the new arrivals will have to try their best to revive a struggling team.
AND in other news, Man United must secure loan deal for Brandon Williams…