Man Utd board issued urgent transfer warning as Jadon Sancho, Alex Telles talks stall
Manchester United’s board needs to support Ole Gunnar Solskjaer by signing new players quickly, because the boss will be frustrated with the club’s inability to sign their top targets so far in this window. That’s the opinion of former United midfielder Darren Fletcher, who compared the situation to that of Chelsea, who have spent close to £250million so far this summer.
United are running out of time to make the final two signings they’re after before the transfer window closes.
With just five days remaining of the window, the Red Devils are still locked in negotiations with Porto for Alex Telles and Borussia Dortmund for Jadon Sancho.
The club took the policy of leaving it until late in the window to make their final moves in the hopes they would end up getting a discount on either player.
United want a new left-back and right-winger this summer, and have apparently got back-up options for both Telles and Sancho in the event of getting nowhere with either Porto or Dortmund.
But Fletcher believes the club has do more to support Solskjaer in the transfer market, and have discovered that they should have followed Chelsea’s lead and got their business done early.
He warned United that they need to sign at least three players before the window closes if they want to have any chance of catching Liverpool and Manchester City this season.
Speaking to Sky Sports after United’s 3-0 Carabao Cup win over Brighton, he explained that the Red Devils will struggle to get into the top four this season if they don’t recruit, and will be left behind by their rivals.
Fletcher said: “We know it’s more difficult for Manchester United to sign players.
“The value goes up, the negotiations are difficult.
“But at the same time they will be frustrated – Ole, the fans, everybody around the club – by the fact that Chelsea and other teams can do their business early, and that other teams have spent a lot of money already while Manchester United look like they are going to leave it last minute.
“For me, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, for the job he has done for the club, from where it was to what it is now, deserves the players he wants in.
“He’s always got the best interests of the club at heart, I know that, but sometimes Ole has to look after himself as well, because he’s going to be judged season on season.
“People don’t look at the work you’ve done, they want the here and now, and for Manchester United to get to where they want, they need players.
“They need three, four, five players to get anywhere close to challenging Liverpool.
“If they don’t recruit, they are going to find it tough to finish top four.
“I would hate all that pressure and criticism to go on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, because I feel he’s done a fantastic job.
“The board have to back him. Ole will have identified targets and so will the club. They’ve got five or six days to get him some help and get him some players in.”