Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said that the club is still working on bringing in new signings for the new season, but urged fans to be patient.
The only signings that United has brought in so far are £15 million winger Daniel James and £50 million left-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Swansea and Crystal Palace respectively. Solskjaer would like to add Leicester City centre-back Harry Maguire who is rated at £90 million, but without any success so far.
Solskjaer said: “I’m very happy with the two players we’ve brought in, but now we’ve got to be patient.”
“This is a long haul and it is very important we get the right ones in.”
“We can’t just jump onto a different path if we hit a hurdle. My feelings are that I am not frustrated at all.”
“I believe in these players. I’m sure we could do well but it’s both short-term and long-term.”
“We’re working on something we’ve identified someone that could improve us, but we’ve played well, performed well, had some good results so far.”
“But it’s not about winning games in pre-season. It’s about finding a way we want to play to get to the starting line and the team to be gelling.”
We have heard this kind of talk before. Ed Woodward last season said something similar. The problem is we don’t have a Sporting director or what is also known as a Director of Football. A Director of Football deals with identifying transfer targets, transfer dealings and he is also answerable to the manager. He is also there to assist the manager. When Woodward was trying to put United fans at ease when he told us to be patient because he’s trying to obtain the right players last season he was never able to deliver on his promise. Mourinho wasn’t able to get the players that he really wanted, and we ended up having a torrid season.
If United had hired a Director of Football before the end of the season or before last season we wouldn’t have been in this mess. Ole said that he was targeting at least 5 players, but we are coming to the end of the July with the transfer window closing on August the 8th, but we only have 2 signings to show for it.
Ed Woodward has no experience in football especially when it comes to conducting transfers of players. When you look at his resume, he began working for PriceWaterHouseCoopers in the accounting and tax department. He also worked for J.P. Morgan & Co. as an investment banker in the mergers and acquisitions department. There is nothing on his resume about either being a Director of Football or was an assistant to a Director of Football.
Woodward doesn’t know how to engineer deals in a way that would help him to obtain the players that he wants. He is basically learning on the job through trial and error. Time is running out on us, and I’m not so confident that we’ll sign the the rest of the players that we need in order to really improve the team. If we can’t sign the rest of the players by the first week in the August, then I think that we’ll end up with just two signings which would be a big disappointment.