Manchester United’s new relocation policy ensured Bruno Fernandes and ensured that it would always be hugely successful.
But the same policy has raised question marks about potential future purchases, according to former United States striker Dimitar Berbatov.
There was a time, shortly after Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure, when the Red Devils threw their weight into the transfer window.
It had become clear that, following David Moyes, success was not a foregone conclusion, and Louis van Gaal received money to burn in an attempt to remedy it.
But a lot of money and little direction only leads to one thing: a club that accumulates superstars on super wages.
On paper it looks fantastic, but it’s actually a recipe for disaster. Good teams are exactly that; teams. Untalented individuals with huge egos.
Jose Mourinho has had some success during his short term in office, after all he is a quality manager with an impressive track record.
But he too continued the new tradition of hoarding superstars on super wages – many of whom were getting older – and only added to the problem.
As a result, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had a very important job in his hands when the kingdoms were handed over to United.
Not only charged with improving the results, Solskjaer had to eliminate the players who did not want to fight for his team.
He had to change his mentality at Old Trafford: turn his team back into one that knows what it means to wear the United shirt.
He still has a long way to go before the Red Devils are near where they were under Ferguson, but he’s definitely on his way.
And the only thing, above all, which shows that it is on track, is Fernandes’ signature.
The Portuguese has become the boy on the poster of United’s new recruitment plan: he is a well-scouted player who adapts to the bill of what the club was looking for in every way, and started running.
In short, it’s the best signature signed by the Red Devils since Ferguson’s departure.
Berbatov played under Ferguson at Manchester United and was explored in Spurs before leaving north for Old Trafford.
He is a big fan of Fernandes and is happy to have fired on all cylinders.
Berbatov told Mirror Football: “Fernandes had an immediate impact on United.
“I think it is primarily because he is a great player and probably all team members have recognized that from the first training session, the rest probably depends on his personality and the speed with which he was integrated and accepted by his teammates. .
“You can see that he has already settled at United, the players are constantly looking for the ball and how they trust him, he also has an excellent goal record. He brings a lot to the table that his teammates will appreciate.”
United has been linked to a handful of new recruits before this summer’s relocation window, as always.
But Fernandes ‘success and the positive impact it has had on the team as a whole will change the Red Devils’ approach.
Berbatov believes that the way the team is performing right now may not need new recruits.
The Bulgarian added: “It is difficult to say that they need this type of player or that type of player. Each player was in excellent shape for them, which is fantastic.
“When the time comes to buy someone, they shouldn’t buy a player for purchase reasons. They have to study and actually calculate if they need a player.
“They have been exploring Bruno Fernandes for a long time and you see the results, they know that it would adapt to the system and produce great football, we hope it will continue on that path.
“Liverpool brought Van Dijk and people claimed that his move turned them into a title-winning team when they needed a new central defender.
“In the case of United they have Maguire, who has only recently arrived and is already the team captain.
“[Victor] Lindelof is there and produces good football and I like Eric Baily when they give him the chance to play.
“I don’t know if he will stay or leave, if he leaves the club then they will have to bring someone else who can fight for a place on the team.
“I think it would be a good idea to bring another central defender to push for a starting position.
“Brandon Williams is on the left and gives Luke Shaw the competition for a seat, but on the right I’m not really sure that Wan-Bissaka has been challenged enough.
“So maybe two defenders would give them a little more strength in depth and more competition for players who are already there.”
The only player Manchester United has paid close attention to in the summer is Jadon Sancho.
The Borussia Dortmund winger is eager to return to England and United has been linked with a £ 50m transfer to sign it.
On paper, this fee seems to be a real bargain, but due to Fernandes’ success following numerous scoutings, United will not rush to sign it.
Fernandes was signed in January of this year despite being connected with the Red Devils during the transfer window of the previous summer.
The coronavirus pandemic has further complicated the problem as the club – like any club – will not separate from a £ 50 million increase in a suspect.
Jurgen Klopp has been praised for the way he has identified some people who can turn Liverpool into Champions League and Premier League winners, and has signed only them.
Solskjaer has somehow adopted this approach, which means he will feel absolutely no pressure to sign Sancho in a few months.
Berbatov even claimed that Solskjaer does not need to sign another striker, given the form of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood.
He said, “Looking at how the team is doing right now, I don’t think Sancho needs to be signed.
“Look at the top three of the other night, the speed of Martial, Rashford and Greenwood was fantastic to watch, their link game was fantastic.
“Football is a fun thing, you have a great young player in Sancho, but at the same time you have a great young player in Greenwood.
“United must ask themselves if they are ready to sacrifice and stop the development of Greenwood, one of their own, to bring Sancho in.
“They could both have and rotate not just the two of them, but Martial and Rashford.
“You have to ask the manager and the player if anyone signs up for United expects to play every game, otherwise why do you go sit on the bench?
“In the case of Sancho, he is one of the greatest young talents at the moment and everyone wants to see him on their team, he needs to be really calculated on what he wants.
“I will be happy to see him at United because it will bring even more power to the team, and they would have four great attackers ahead with speed, which would be scary to watch.
“If they find a solution and the price for Sancho is good, try it because when you have all these fantastic players on your team, you only have good problems in your hands.”
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