After a horrid showing from Manchester United in 2021/22 season, one would have expected that at least two transfer deals would have been completed before the start of preseason on the 27th with John Murtough tasked with negotiating deals, but as usual United have gone about their business in a snail like fashion. With reports coming out that Ten Hag is unsatisfied with the way transfers are being dealt with at the club, you could only wonder if he’ll be treated like the past managers who haven’t been properly backed in the transfer window. Frenkie De Jong has been stated to be Ten Hag’s priority signing and should have been completed ages ago but as reported by Samuel Luckhurst this morning, United are negotiating hard for a fair deal as they refuse to yield to Barcelona’s initial valuation. This is to an extent a wise tactic, so as not to overpay for any player but this could also affect the team in the long run if deals are not completed in time.
Looking at how our rivals Liverpool and Manchester City move swiftly and decisively in the market, one could be forgiven for admiring the way transfers are handled over there. Manchester City have completed the deal for one of the most sought after players in the world in Erling Haaland and Liverpool signed Nuñez within a week of negotiations. These are key players that manager would want to have in preseason so they can hit the ground running when the season starts.
Despite the fact that Barcelona haven’t been the easiest the negotiate with, that should be no excuse for a club like Manchester United who should be able to work on and complete multiple deals in short time frame.
With a new head coach comes new ideas, tactics, philosophies and Erik Ten Hag would want enough time in preseason with the bulk of his squad to be able to pass on this ideas to the squad and find his best XI ahead of a grueling season. Failure to back the manager adequately in this window could see United starting the season slowly and would leave fans wondering if there’s been any actual change since Ed Woodward left.