Transfer window losers: Manchester United, Woodward, Solskjaer, Dyche

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Manchester United

It was July 5 when Borussia Dortmund's decision to impose a deadline on the sale of Jadon Sancho first became public knowledge. Manchester United had, by all accounts, agreed personal terms with the player, giving them five weeks to choose between two options: decide on the structure of a fee the German club had made explicitly clear they would not deviate from; or move on.

They went for neither. Manchester United ignored that message. Manchester United issued updates of Sancho's desperation to join to a media cabal all too happy to be strung along. Manchester United leaked an endless stream of alternative targets to try and pressure Dortmund. Manchester United resisted making a bid for fear of how rejection would look. Manchester United assumed their interest and presence at the negotiating table would be enough to have a Champions League side bend to their whims.

Their response was equal parts arrogance and ineptitude. For a club that has long lamented the fact other teams try to take advantage of them in the transfer market, they provided a compelling, months-long case as to why.

This is a side that entered this summer needing a centre-half, a holding midfielder and a right-winger, who had the benefit of seeing those deficiencies thoroughly exposed at the start of a dreadful season with time remaining to address them, who embarked on a deadline day panic akin to the sort they themselves induced in Arsene Wenger almost a decade ago, who still managed to stumble out of the transfer window with none of their problem positions solved, while providing the manager enough rope to finish the job.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has yet to even start the only player Manchester United had signed before Monday. Donny van de Beek was a great purchase, the only member of this squad who had enjoyed a full pre-season – a Champions League semi-finalist and Europa League runner-up. But he has done little more than adorn…
Matthew Stead
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