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Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen has been left bemused by their transfer dealings.
Meulensteen worked at the club between 2001 and 2013 across two spells under Sir Alex Ferguson, and he cannot understand why they failed to notably improve their playing squad during the summer.
The former Fulham manager believes that United should have signed a striker much earlier in the window rather than a deadline day move for Edinson Cavani, who turns 34 in February.
The 56-year-old has also questioned why the club were so keen on Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho.
"United need a real striker, a proper No.9, one like Erling Haaland," Meulensteen told United Supporters Club Scandinavia.
"Just look at Bayern Munich about how important a striker is for them. Ask Tottenham or Leicester what a striker means.
"For me, it is strange that a striker has not been the main goal for United. Marcus Rashford can play striker, but he is not a typical striker. Anthony Martial can provide goals, but he is no goal scorer.
"Now Edinson Cavani has signed but I don’t think Manchester United should look for a 33-year-old on the last day of the transfer window. Cavani has an impressive scoring record but he knows nothing about Premier League.
“I really hope he adapts fast and gets started. It’s hard to understand how United end up in the position that they have to hurry around for players on deadline day."
Before adding of Sancho: "Every day in the transfer window there were rumours about Jadon Sancho.
"Now the transfer did not happen anyway but my opinion is that Sancho is not what United first and foremost need. Spending so much money on such a player raises many questions.
"And one of them is what role should Mason Greenwood have played?”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted earlier this month that he shouldn’t have suggested that United could ‘exploit’ the current global pandemic when it came to securing incoming signings.
He said: “I think my wording in lockdown, ‘exploit’, was a bad word by me.
“I didn’t mean it in that respect. I meant there might be clubs and players out there who have to move because of the situation and it might be something interesting. There’s not been those situations.”
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