Manchester United failed to sign any of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s priority targets during the summer transfer window, according to ESPN.
Manchester United completed their transfer business on deadline day on Monday by sealing deals for Edinson Cavani, Alex Telles, Amad Traore and Facundo Pellistri, having secured the £40 million signing of Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek at the beginning of September.
But according to ESPN, Solskjaer went into the transfer window having drawn up a shortlist of targets including Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish and a commanding centre-half, with RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano and Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake his preferred options to partner captain Harry Maguire at the heart of United’s defence.
None of the subsequent summer signings were players identified by Solskjaer and his coaching staff as key targets, although the manager was consulted on every new arrival and that he sanctioned each deal before being completed, including that of Van de Beek, who has yet to start a Premier League game for United.
Solskjaer also missed out on top target Erling Haaland during the January transfer window, with the forward instead moving to Dortmund from FC Salzburg after lengthy attempts by United to sign the player.