After a disastrous season by the club’s standards, all the signs pointed to Manchester United making a big statement in the transfer market this summer.
Ed Woodward had made plenty of noise about the club’s financial muscle (via Sky Sports), and those comments seemed to leave United fans dreaming of big-money signings and superstar names walking into Old Trafford for next season.
However, a report from Sky Sports claiming Swansea’s Daniel James is likely to become the Red Devils’ first signing of the summer transfer window, followed by Manchester Evening News reporting that they’ve fended off Brighton for his services, has left some United fans feeling underwhelmed.
Indeed, there was initial glee when United’s interest in the Welshman was announced earlier this month, but it appears that opinions have changed or at the very least, large portions of the fan base aren’t on board with the expected swoop.
Whilst a few seemed to understand the club’s direction with the signing, many took to social media to reveal their frustrations and disappointment at seeing the club trying to acquire a player from the Championship.
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Many appeared to question whether James would be able to make the step up to a club the size of United, and raised further questions over whether their team are attempting to sign the world-class stars that they need.
Indeed, having seen Nick Powell struggle after joining from lower-league football, many United fans appeared unconvinced by the move for James, and seem to think talent rather than youth should be the priority.
Check out some of the reaction of United fans underwhelmed by the news that they are edging closer to sign James:
I am totally uninterested in Daniel James if he comes or goes.
Will do absolutely NOTHING to close the enormous gulf in class between Utd and the other top sides.
It’s just one that might work out in the future. 4 goals in championship is hardly anything to get excited about
— Too many Bluffers at Utd (@Mark_Champ20ns) May 21, 2019
Some United fans getting excited over the club signing Daniel James makes me question the intellect of our fan base. Merely signing youth isn’t enough: talent and necessity should be the overriding focus. We don’t need another Nick Powell at the club. James is an average player.
— Dhee Sylvester (@DheeGenius) May 21, 2019
Teams are going for Elite players and people are excited of United signing Daniel James, how low have we become ?♂️.
— Mr J@zz™ (@elijaazy) May 21, 2019
My poor @ManUtd needs marquee signing not prospects
— Sabata Ephraim Shale (@Sabata_E) May 21, 2019
Stealing Brighton’s summer targets, big club mentality. pic.twitter.com/et3shs7pmp
— Wisdom Seeker (@iseekwisdm) May 21, 2019
United. How low have u gotten?! This Bad?!
— N. W. A (@IamLekanBalo) May 21, 2019