Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reportedly been in constant contact with other managers as he looks to salvage the club’s transfer window.
Despite promising to take advantage of the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, United have signed just one player.
Donny van de Beek is the only senior addition to Solskjaer’s squad with less than two weeks of the window remaining.
Supporters and former players have taken aim at the club’s transfer activity, with Patrice Evra launching an astonishing rant on Instagram last week.
He suggested United had become arrogant in the transfer market and suggested chief negotiator Matt Judge was missing calls over potential deals.
And now, United We Stand editor and Athletic contributor Andy Mitten has admitted that other ex-Red Devils are becoming concerned with the club’s ability in the market.
He also revealed that Solskjaer himself is busy in the process of bringing players in, after publicly admitting he would still like some new faces in.
Mitten told Sky Sports: "If Sir Alex Ferguson wanted a player, the player would know that Ferguson wanted him, would know where he was going to play and he'd be sold the dream. Then he'd go to his agent and say 'look, I want to leave’.
"It's very difficult for a club then to negotiate when they know that player wants to leave to go to Manchester United.
"One former player said to me this week – a legendary United player – that the club have lost the ability to do the dark arts of transfers and he gave an example.
"It was this player's opinion that those dark arts have been lost and you can see it, because United have been linked to all of these players and they don't often have any control with agents linking their players to the club.
"It's very frustrating for fans because they're getting completely mixed messages and they've seen just one player come in so far.
"I don't think anyone has the same pulling power as Sir Alex Ferguson but to be fair to Ole, he's been putting calls in and I know he's spoken to several managers about players who he likes.
"He's doing detailed background checks and I don't think the blame lies with him. It's the club's recruitment system which has not worked since Sir Alex Ferguson moved on."
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