Man Utd’s reported transfer stance for January window is wise

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According to The Manchester Evening News, Manchester United are open to making signings in the January transfer window, but only if the right players are on the market.

What’s the word?

The Red Devils failed to undergo the major summer overhaul many may have predicted, with just three permanent signings in total.

Now, The Manchester Evening News suggest Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side “remain open” to doing business in the winter window “on the proviso the right players are available”.

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The report adds United’s transfer stance has not changed despite their failure to sign a forward and a central midfielder in the summer.

Brave

Make no mistake about it, if United end the January transfer window with no new faces, it will be an incredibly brave decision. The Red Devils are short of options up front, and are relying on relatively inexperienced players to lead the line for one of the biggest clubs in the world.

Solskjaer’s intent on blooding the youngsters and implementing a new style of play means there will be teething problems in this transition period. If the Manchester side have key targets in mind and are adamant they will not settle for second or third-choice targets on their shortlist, then it will be a sign they are learning from their mistakes.

Reports in recent weeks and months have suggested Jadon Sancho is a leading option for next summer, and it is difficult to see the England international leaving Borussia Dortmund in January.

Waiting for the supremely talented winger to come on to the market would be the kind of wise long-term planning United desperately need. What they shouldn’t do is panic, and have another Alexis Sanchez situation on their hands.

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