Manchester United have got “a lot to address” ahead of the closing of the summer transfer record, and are facing the prospect of potential targets not wanting to play under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. That’s the opinion of former Premier League goalkeeper Shaka Hislop.
United are expected to conclude two deals today, with Edinson Cavani and Alex Telles both expected to sign.
Cavani flew to Manchester on Saturday evening to put pen to paper on a one-year contract worth £220,000-per-week. United will have the option for a second year.
His signing expected to be announced early this morning, and he will likely be followed by Telles of Porto.
United agreed terms with Porto on Sunday night, and the defender will fly to Manchester today to finalise terms.
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After their embarrassing 6-1 humiliation at the hands of Tottenham on Sunday, fans took to social media to beg the club to sign a new centre-back.
But their deadline day is expected to be spent chasing a deal with Borussia Dortmund for Jadon Sancho, who remains their top target.
And Hislop believes they are at risk of missing out on their top targets, because they are failing to sign world-class players.
Speaking to ESPN FC, he warned United that if they continue underperforming, players won’t want to play under Solskjaer.
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“The transfer window has 24 hours to go, and they have a lot to address,” Hislop said. “Bare in mind this is a United team that many of us have been saying needs defensive reinforcements.
“Not just reinforcements, they need a defensive overhaul.
“The counter to that is that Manchester United had one of the better defensive records in the Premier League last season.
“Looking at their performances, the stats don’t back that up.
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“Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has spent the whole summer chasing attacking players, but he was only able to land Van de Beek, which says a lot in itself about United and how far their stock has fallen.
“If it’s not their stock falling that has caused players to be reluctant to join United, then certainly it’s players not wanting to play for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
“Take your choice, but either way – we’re talking about Van de Beek coming in, Cavani joining, and a team that everyone is saying needs improving greatly.
“We’re 24 hours out from the closing of that transfer window, they’ve just conceded 6 at home, and I’m not sure where the silver lining is.”
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