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Manchester United will regret missing out on Haaland-Giggs

Manchester United will regret missing out on Haaland-Giggs

Manchester United will regret their lethargic recruitment strategy that cost them the signing of Erling Haaland this last transfer window according to club legend,Ryan Giggs.”He has already scored seven goals in three games for Borussia Dortmund and is exactly the kind of wonderkid United promised to snap up in their revamped recruitment structure, which had started promisingly this summer in securing Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire. ”

”How did they end up with Ighalo? he asked.”

Had they succeeded with Haaland, how much more bright would the future seem at Old Trafford? Despite Rashford’s injury and the current form, they could anticipate the second half of the season with the most-wanted striker in Europe, a teenager with something of the reputation of Wayne Rooney in 2004.”

Yet they failed. Where blame lies is a moot point. Usually it’s mostly about the money and Dortmund were prepared to structure the deal to fit the terms of agent Mino Raiola; United weren’t. Maybe they were over-correcting for mistakes of the past. The commission paid to Raiola to get Paul Pogba – reported to be £41m – must sting, given that the midfielder will now almost certainly leave in the summer after an inglorious United career”

”Yet United are no longer the team kids dream of playing for, even if Ighalo, somewhat predictably, is said to have been a United fan as a youth and turned down other Premier League clubs to be at Old Trafford. They are currently a development club, ranking alongside Borussia Dortmund. They are unlikely to get the likes of Timo Werner in the summer, currently tearing up the Bundesliga at RB Leipzig. They’ll need someone less obvious than him. But as good.

In Haaland, they suffered a huge setback. Yet their real test comes this summer. They need to pluck a centre forward who is willing to gamble on a move to United and proves to be phenomenon. They could also do with convincing a world-class left back to join.

In reality, they are where Liverpool were nine years ago when a controversial Uruguayan with a penchant for biting joined them from Ajax. They have to take some risks because the proven talent is looking elsewhere. It’s not impossible to turn a club around. But they will need a few signings like Luis Suarez to do so.

Yet that ignores United’s current status. The Europa League wannabees are not a major draw in Europe. They don’t have a super coach who can entice players with his sheer charisma. And they don’t offer the prospect of trophies. The only thing attractive about them is the wages they pay” he said

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