Rio Ferdinand has explained the difference between Manchester United’s ‘frustrating’ transfer window and what Chelsea have managed to do this summer.
Frank Lampard’s men have signed the likes of Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Thiago Silva this summer but United have only landed Donny van de Beek.
This is despite interest all summer in Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho, who has also been linked with Chelsea.
“He got his work done early, he’s been able to get onto the training pitch for a certain amount of time, he’s got the players that he wants and now he can start working on it,” Ferdinand told BT Sport.
“I’d rather be at that end of the spectrum than Manchester United, where you haven’t got your business done, you’re probably frustrated and you don’t know how you’re going to continue in the season after this window.
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“The most frustrating thing for fans is that we’ve all been very aware of who the targets were at the beginning of the window. We saw that left-back and right winger are the areas that they’re looking for, then all of a sudden, the season starts and those players haven’t been brought in.
“A defeat to Crystal Palace at home absolutely ignites the negativity surrounding the place and makes it maybe a situation that it never was, whereas if we were buying two months ago everyone would be saying ‘well done Ole’, he’s got them into the Champions League position, he’s got them on this upward trajectory now.
“Then two months, he’s not got those signings and a first defeat of the season at home, it really changes the picture massively for the club.”