Man Utd players question ‘sporting direction’ after transfer window

Several Manchester United players are disappointed the club ‘did not fight to the death’ to improve the squad over the summer, according to reports.

United signed four players on transfer deadline day, including Edinson Cavani and Alex Telles, having secured a deal for Donny van de Beek earlier in the window.

The Athletic claim they have been told by several United players that they feel the club ‘did not fight to the death’ to enhance the squad for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this summer.

Apparently, none of the players signed were on Solskjaer’s shortlist this summer, adding to the players’ assertion that the ‘sporting direction’ of the club has been too inconsistent in recent years.

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A source told The Athletic that United – heavily criticised for their transfer strategy – had been ‘outmanoeuvred by Liverpool’ to secure the signing of Thiago Alcantara, with Jurgen Klopp and Michael Edwards working together to persuade the midfielder to join.

A United dressing room source said that players feel an “opportunity has been lost” to build on the momentum from the end of last season, with the club losing ground on their rivals in the latest window.

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