Manchester United will continue to base transfer policy on the blueprint which guided their transfer window this year.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has placed emphasis on signing young British players with ‘United DNA’ who are capable of developing over a three-year period.
This policy culminated in the club signing Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire for a combined total of around £150m.
And according to the Times, United do not plan any change to their transfer policy when they re-enter the market in June.
#mufc are keen to continue with the summer policy of signing young players (preferably British). The key is youth and character, but the club are also looking to recruit players who are ‘humble but arrogant’ — respect for team-mates but self-belief under pressure #mulive [times]
— utdreport (@utdreport) October 10, 2019
Indeed, none of the above signings have turned out to be bad ones, but United fans are in agreement that a whole lot more is needed.
Selling or loaning Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez, Ander Herrera, Chris Smalling, Marouane Fellaini and Matteo Darmian is fine in the context of a cleansing, rebooting operation. Letting all of those players go and not signing any replacements on the pretext that the targets available were not ‘young and British’, however, is completely mental, and has left United – as they have admitted themselves via the Telegraph – very, very short of quality until at least January, when no good transfers happen anyway.
Refusing to compromise on your principles is absolutely fine; being compromised and doing nothing about it, on the other hand, is not so clever.