Manchester United have endured a woeful start to the Premier League season and their recent transfer rumours arguably reflect the desperate situation at the club.
The latest man to be linked with a switch to Old Trafford is 35-year-old Jamie Vardy, and the former England man would join a long list of shocking transfer decisions in recent years if he were to swap Leicester for Manchester.
United are yet to make an attacking signing in the transfer window, despite losing the likes of Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata, while the poor form of Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho last season, after they hit seven Premier League goals between them, suggested that attacking additions were necessary.
Cristiano Ronaldo also made it clear during the summer that he didn’t want to remain at Old Trafford, and yet United lined up with an all-too-familiar attack in the weekend’s humiliating defeat against Brentford.
Vardy, while an exceptional Premier League striker in his prime, would do little to solve the damning issues at the club. The veteran forward hit 15 goals in just 25 Premier League appearances last season, although he was playing in a familiar system that plays to his strengths.
In recent years, United have brought a plethora of veteran strikers to the club. Ronaldo, Edinson Cavani, Radamel Falcao and Odion Ighalo were all memorable standouts from a list that emphasises just how poor United’s scouting and transfer business has been.
Ighalo would hit just five goals in 23 appearances for the club, while Falcao’s loan spell was equally disastrous, as the Colombian forward would manage a measly four goals in 29 appearances for the Red Devils. Indeed, it is evidence that signing a striker with previous know-how isn’t always a good idea.
Perhaps most disastrous, is that the club looks to have very few qualms about solving the long-term issues at the club. Vardy could prove to be a short-term solution for this season as Erik ten Hag searches for a more selfless striker who is no stranger to pressing the opposition, but he is unlikely to last more than two seasons at most at Old Trafford considering he is now 35.
Vardy has described himself as a “nightmare” in the past and while he was referring to the abuse he would get from opposition fans in that scenario, his time at United could be similarly nightmarish when you consider the toxicity at the club right.
The Englishman is perhaps more likely to get abuse from his own fans at United when you take into account that Ronaldo and Harry Maguire topped the list of most abused Premier League players on Twitter recently.
Therefore, the £140k per week striker would almost certainly go down as another transfer mistake by the Glazers should he join this summer, as it is another deal that smacks of ill-preparedness and desperation. They simply cannot afford to sign another ageing forward, irrespective of how good their record is.