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Rio Ferdinand issues verdict on Manchester United’s transfer business

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Rio Ferdinand has had his say on Manchester United’s summer transfer business and believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have been left frustrated by the club’s failure to land his top target.

United signed Donny van de Beek, Alex Telles, Edinson Cavani and Facundo Pellistri this summer, as well as securing an agreement to land Amad Diallo in January, with four of those deals finalised on deadline day.

Jadon Sancho was United’s prime target throughout the summer window but United were unable to find an agreement with Borussia Dortmund to bring the former Manchester City man back to England.

That caused significant frustration among fans and Ferdinand believes that Solskjaer will be feeling the same way about the business that wasn’t done.


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Issuing his verdict on the signings, Ferdinand stated that the problem is that none of the new additions immediately improve Solskjaer’s first XI.

“If I’m sitting in his (Solskjaer’s) shoes now, I would be very frustrated. As I said, it was filled with optimism at the end of last season, got the team into the Champions League, which I’m sure was part of what was on the tin to do,” he told BT Sport.

“But I feel that, in terms of acquisitions in the transfer market, he will be feeling frustrated because he hasn’t got what he wanted and I don’t feel that what they have done in this window has improved their first eleven and that’s the problem.”

United tackle Paris Saint-Germain in their opening Champions League group stage match this evening, the site of Solskjaer’s finest moment as manager.

RB Leipzig and Istanbul Basaksehir are the other two sides in United’s group in their continental campaign.

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