Phil Thompson: Man United’s deadline day deals reeked of desperation

Is there any plan at Old Trafford at all?



Manchester United have been linked with Jadon Sancho for a while now and it’s easy to see why they want him. Sancho brings a lot of things to a team, not just goals, but plenty of assists too. That’s just like Mo Salah when you look at his previous stats – his assist ratio was absolutely massive.

And that is perfect to have in your locker, it’s something he could bring to the team. That being said, after signing Jota – although it would be a coup to secure him – having him will leave the door open for Manchester United to go after Sancho.

I’m a little bit disappointed with United though, they put all of their eggs in Sancho’s basket.

They must’ve known at some point that he wasn’t going to sign for them. They then brought in four players on the last day of the window, and that’s just scattergun approach and desperation for me.

Edinson Cavani has been a tremendous striker, but it felt very ‘that’ll do’. It was just them getting a big name in to keep the fans off their back. It’s been a very poor window for Manchester United.


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Liverpool’s outgoings were also a disappointment

I’m disappointed that Liverpool decided to let Rhian Brewster go. I’d like him to have stayed. I can see some of the reasons why, but if you were asking me whether to go with Brewster or Divock Origi, it would be Origi going out the door.

But on the football side, he isn’t playing as many games, so maybe it’ll get him that first team experience. There are not too many forwards that have the aggression that Brewster has though.

There’s a couple of others that could have gone, Xherdan Shaqiri for example could’ve brought a few quid in.

Maybe the outgoings haven’t gone the way they’d like – but the incomings have been really good.


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