Manchester United’s summer transfer activity, or so far lack of it, has once again dominated the headlines, and the club have been urged to bring in some fresh faces by Luke Shaw.
Their run to the Europa League semi-finals last month saw Manchester United handed an extra week’s rest ahead of the start of the 2020/21 season, though they looked well off the pace against Crystal Palace, succumbing to a lacklustre 3-1 defeat at Old Trafford.
Having secured Champions League football, United have been linked with a big-money move for Jadon Sancho as they look to bolster the right-side of their attack, while they have also been linked with a number of centre-backs and left-backs as well.
Having watched the likes of Chelsea, Man City, Arsenal, Spurs and Liverpool make a number of acquisitions this summer, United fans have grown increasingly frustrated with the inactivity at Old Trafford, the club’s only piece of business so far being the signing of Donny van de Beek who opened his goalscoring account in the opening day defeat to Palace.
It seems as though the fans aren’t the only ones who are keen to see the Red Devils bring some fresh faces into the squad, left-back Luke Shaw saying he wants to see the squad strengthened just to ‘keep up’ with their rivals.
“We are a very good group, but personally I think we need more players to strengthen the squad,” he told Norway’s TV2. “It can give us a boost. When you look around at how other teams are strengthening their teams, then we must also do it to keep up with the others.”
Speaking after the game on Saturday, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer didn’t sound particularly optimistic of the club completing splashing the cash, the club hoping that Dortmund eventually relents on their £108m asking price for Sancho.
“Well, we can play so much better than today,” said the United boss told MUTV. “If you look at the players we had on the pitch, and on the bench, and not here today, I think we all need to look within first. We need to look at ourselves and know that we have to perform better.
“Then again, we’re always – always – looking to improve if there’s something out there that’s available to the right price. We always want to strengthen. But I think we can all look at ourselves in the mirror today instead.”
United will look to get back on track when they travel to face Championship side Luton Town in the Carabao Cup in midweek before facing Brighton in the Premier League next weekend.