Manchester United begin their 2020/21 Premier League season this weekend against Crystal Palace with just the one signing in Donny van de Beek in place.
In what was meant to be a huge summer of ins and outs for the club, the board have so far failed to bring in the majority of Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s transfer targets and get rid of the no longer needed deadwood. This has led to increased fan frustration on social media and was recently met by reports of United then being frustrated – yes, we know.
Speaking to United Review, via Manchester Evening News, Ed Woodward has once again reiterated the club’s stance on transfers during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Disruption from the pandemic is continuing to create huge economic pressures from the top to the bottom of the football pyramid and, while we are fortunate to be in a more resilient position than most clubs, we are not immune from the impact. Despite this, we are delighted to have brought in Donny van de Beek from Ajax, adding further quality to a midfield already strengthened by the recruitment of Bruno Fernandes in January.Embed from Getty Images
“Both Donny and Bruno are players we had been tracking for some time and their signings reflect out long-term approach to blending high-quality recruits with homegrown talent to develop a squad capable of winning trophies playing attacking, entertaining football.”
United’s CEO went on to speak about the contract extensions the club have given out in the past few months as well as Academy signings.
“As part of that process, we have also awarded new contracts to Nemanja Matic and academy graduates Dean Henderson, Brandon Williams, Scott McTominay and Mason Greenwood over the past year. We have also continued to strengthen our thriving academy by attracting several promising young players from across Europe, including Marc Jurado from Barcelona and Alvaro Fernandez Carreras from Real Madrid.
“Together, these investments reinforce our optimism about the future, and we will continue to build on these strong foundations. However, we must also be responsible in our use of resources during the most extraordinarily challenging time for everyone in football.”