Manchester United’s lack of vision caused them to not sign three players in January transfer window

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Manchester United have long been a club without a unified sense of direction. Something which became frighteningly clear last month.

While United’s hierarchy have spent a lot of money on trying to build a successful squad, it was only really under previous boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that any coherent squad building occurred across consecutive years.

This lack of long-term vision is part of the reason United rejected the chance to sign three players during the transfer January window.

As per journalist Fabrizio Romano, United declined the chance to sign midfielders Denis Zakaria and Boubacar Kamara and forward Julian Alvarez who has now been signed up by United’s local rivals Manchester City because of concerns over the new managers plans in the summer.

The clubs currently at the top of the English Premier League all have a clear distinct transfer strategy regardless of who is in charge. And due to United not yet knowing who will be in charge come the summer they chose not to sign these young players due to the new manager potentially not liking the transfers.

While on the surface it is a good idea to not make signings for the sake of it, all three players represented relatively cheap investments and are players who could have grown into moulds any new manager would like.

Former United CEO Ed Woodward has now left his role within the club, with his place being taken by Richard Arnold.

United interim Rangnick allowed a number of players to leave on loan.

The Red Devils need to formulate a long-term transfer plan even when manager turnover is a fairly regular occurrence. Otherwise they will never be able to create a squad capable of truly competing with the likes of City, Chelsea and Liverpool.

United interim coach Ralf Rangnick allowed a number of players to leave on loan, including Anthony Martial and Donny van de Beek.

However, the lack of incoming signings of any of the three aforementioned individuals showcases why United have been incapable of building capable squads since Sir Alex Ferguson retired – they rarely want to recruit young rising stars who can potentially fit the squads future mould and instead only look for established stars.

More Stories Boubacar Kamara Denis Zakaria Ed Woodward Julian Alvarez Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Ralf Rangnick Richard Arnold

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  1. This piece made my day perfect. We didn’t need Sancho when he was signed. It’s quite annoying to see united go for English players even with the availability of extremely cheaper and better players. I won’t be surprised if they make a horrendous mistake of going for Declan Rice in summer with exorbitant transfer fee after rejecting players of £30-40.
    The present united Board and the owners lack the requisite skills and foresight to sign a good manager with technicalities of turning things around.
    It’s quite evident that they turned down the opportunity of hiring Antonio Conte as Manager because he can’t be dictated to by the board. It’s a big shame.
    Denis Zakaria, Boubakar Kamara and Julian Alvarez are very young players that will give our team a great push.
    PP’s contract should not be renewed if want a total transformation.
    I also advise that Erik Ten Hag should be hired if RR is not retained.

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