Graeme Souness believes Manchester United have made a mistake in signing Donny van de Beek rather than strengthening other areas of the team.
United splashed out £40m on signing the midfielder from Ajax in August, but he has yet to start a game in the Premier League in the club's opening two matches of the season.
The Red Devils look set to bring in striker Edinson Cavani, but other than that it has been a frustrating transfer window in which they have failed to land any of their top targets, such as Dortmund star Jadon Sancho.
And speaking ahead of their game against Tottenham on Sky Sports, Souness criticised the business they have done so far in the market.
"Do you think they needed Donny van de Beek?" he asked. "Where are you going to play him? When you look at the makeup of that midfield it’s really interesting going forward.
"They’ve got three numbers 10s really, Donny van de Beek, Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes. It was like, 'Oh he’s available, let’s get him', instead of trying to strengthen your weakest areas.
"They’ve addressed the keeper, a centre-back is paramount. There is no forward thinking, ‘this is where we are, this where we will be in six months’."
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Souness is also not impressed by the prospect of Cavani joining, and has pointed to him and the January signing of Odion Ighalo as examples of United going backwards rather than forwards.
He added: "I heard Gary (Neville) talking to us six months ago, saying: 'We're not going down that route anymore of signing old players'.
"What do they go and do? Go and bring the guy from China (Ighalo) and now they're talking about signing Cavani.
"There is no direction."
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