United's $250m spending spree has exposed its weak link... and 'D-Day' is fast approaching

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United's $250m spending spree has exposed its weak link... and 'D-Day' is fast approaching
Eighteen years ago, during Cristiano Ronaldo's first Champions League campaign, Manchester United registered an all-time low two shots on target during a game.

A shooting display like that had not been put on by the club since then, until Ronaldo's second European debut for the club this morning (AEST), during the shock 2-1 defeat away to Young Boys.

It makes it all the more peculiar when you consider the embarrassment of attacking riches United have at their disposal with Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho, Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard all involved in the game.

Of course, that stat comes with the astrix that United were playing nearly an hour with 10 men after Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sent off for a reckless and clumsy challenge in the first half.

Ronaldo did have a penalty shout in the second half, with a potential red card to go with it to even up the sides, but it was turned down, much to the frustration of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after the game.

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"He shoves him with his arm and he's one-on-one with the keeper. But he probably didn't do it as he would have had to send him off and that's sometimes what you get with young refs," he said after the game.

Amid the carnival atmosphere and fanfare that has greeted the three summer signings of Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane, perhaps the most important signing was the one that was made at the start of the transfer window, before any of the trio had even arrived.

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