Time Running Out on Manchester United?

With just twelve days remaining in the Summer Transfer Window, Manchester United are targets of plenty of rumors but little action. This has many United fans worried about the prospects for the remainder of the 2020-21 season.

It has been said for nearly a year, that United were several players away from giving themselves just a sniff of the Premier League title. We have all heard it before: United need a proven striker, United need bolstering in the midfield, and United need another center-back to compliment Harry Maguire.

The opening Premier League fixture with Crystal Palace proved two of the needs true. United need a proven goal scorer and center-back that can defend.

Anthony Martial last scored August 5 versus LASK in the Europa League Round of 16. Mason Greenwood last scored (not including the match versus Luton Town) July 22 versus West Ham. Marcus Rashford last scored July 16 versus Crystal Palace. These three have had plenty of chances, but it is looking more and more like they need help.

In losses to Sevilla and Crystal Palace, things badly broke down in the center of United’s defense. Especially, Victor Lindelof’s display in the Premier League opener.

Defensively, here is the current situation. United were supposed to sign Sergio Reguilon from Real Madrid only to have Tottenham beat them to the punch. Now, United is rumored to have settled on personal terms with Alex Telles of Porto; however, United is dragging their feet with Telles’ release clause (£35.6m) hoping that Porto will lower the fee since he is in the final year of his contract.

Offensively, according to a Sun report, United are still hopeful of signing Jadon Sancho. This one just doesn’t seem to want to go away. With both Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United stubbornly holding onto their transfer ideals, it seems as if this is not going to make across the finish line. So where does that leave United now?

United were slated to land Dominic Calvert-Lewin from Everton. With Everton’s £80m price tag, this one will probably not come to fruition, either.

Based on current reports, it looks like United are hanging their hats on Jadon Sancho and expect Dortmund to magically lower their asking price for Sancho. Unless Sancho publicly states that he wants to leave Dortmund, or demands that his current club sell him to United, Dortmund’s valuation of Sancho will likely remain more than what United are willing to pay. However, at this point, if you want a player bad enough, and think that the player will help you that much, wouldn’t it seem proper business to purchase said player?

Without the addition of players that will improve United defense and attack, United are in danger of falling further down the Premier League table. Everton, Chelsea, and Tottenham have greatly improved their sides. Arsenal looks much better, as well. Notice, there hasn’t even been a mention of Manchester City or Liverpool? Pretty sure those two could have done absolutely nothing in the transfer window and would still be difficult to catch. However, they have done proper business, as well.

With just 12 days remaining in the transfer window, it looks like United might be destined to see another mid-table finish.

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