The ex-United and Wolves midfielder claims that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanted to complete a raid on Molineux, not to snap up a few forwards in their 30s.
Manchester United made a mistake over the summer in buying up Edinson Cavani and could have spent £ 40 million ($52 million) on Wolves striker Raul Jimenez, Paul Ince says.
In 2020-21, the Red Devils have failed to find a spark around the ground.
In a 2-1 Champions League loss to Istanbul Basaksehir, their shortcomings were again revealed, with the side of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer mustering just two shots on goal.
In that contest, Anthony Martial was asked to lead the line, with Cavani being added off the bench.
Nigerian frontman Odion Ighalo was an unused replacement, with United finding out the hard way to perform on a regular basis that they lack the attacking firepower and defensive solidity.
Ince argues that part of the issue could have been addressed in the last window with better recruitment, with Solskjaer left searching about on deadline day for striking reinforcements.
“Ladbrokes was told by the former Red Devils midfielder, who also represented Wolves in his playing days,” There are so many players out there who should have joined the Man United squad. Look, for starters, at Thomas Partey and Raul Jimenez.
“United had to put in a striker last season and they’re going to get Odion Ighalo from China. What’s that been about? Go to Jimenez and invest £ 40 million. He is a tried-and-tested striker, a scorer. You know, and then they’re going to get Edinson Cavani, who’s barely going to play.
You have to look at the organization, the recruiting, the scouting scheme, and you have to ask, “What are they looking at?” ‘There are a lot of good players, top, top players out there. Go and pick up these players. But they didn’t.
If you spend the money, put them on the team. I don’t have this’ you’ve got to give them time’—if you’re going to invest the money, you have to bring them in right away. Why are you going to spend £ 40 m on a player you’re just going to stick on the bench?
“Solskjaer was going to want those players. He’ll have a list of players and number one goals as recruitment goes, number two goals, if you can’t get number one, then go for number two, and so on.
After agreeing to a new deal at Wolves, Jimenez would possibly cost United much more than £40 m ($52 m), but he left the door open for a potential transfer away from Molineux.
For now, though, Solskjaer needs to maintain trust with those already at his disposal, which means getting the best out of Martial and finding roles that allow them to prosper for Cavani and Ighalo.