Man United's transfer business ranked: okay starting with Sir Alex Ferguson's wingers as full-backs?
Huw Davies of the FourFourTwo cant's see why Jose Mourinho doesn't get players that he wanted this summer
IN: Fred (£52m), Diogo Dalot (£19.3m), Lee Grant (£1.5m)
OUT: Daley Blind (£14.1m), Sam Johnstone (£6.5m), Joel Pereira, Dean Henderson, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Axel Tuanzebe, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Matty Willock (all loan), Joe Riley (released), Michael Carrick (retired)
"Given their own manager’s feelings on the coverage of his club, we feel it necessary to declare that it was never our intention to put Manchester United this low in our rankings. They were mid-table until recently, the assumption is that, after a solid start, two more defenders would arrive. Or one. But a really good one. Right?
"Nope. Despite Jose Mourinho said a fortnight ago: “I would like two more players; I think it’s possible I’m going to have one,” in a not-so-subtle prod to his boss, Ed Woodward didn’t manage even that and returned empty-handed.
"Mourinho’s belittling of his own players, most notably Luke Shaw, affords him limited sympathy, and he shouldn’t be allowed to forget that he has bought two £30m centre-backs already. Nonetheless, it seems extraordinary that United will enter the 2018/19 season with Alex Ferguson’s old wingers as their first-choice full-backs. Oh well. There’s always Lee Grant."