For Manchester United this summer, it was Jadon Sancho or nothing. However, Borussia Dortmund made it very clear from the start that they weren’t letting him go for anything less than 120 Million as reported by Fabrizio Romano. A price Manchester United was unwilling to pay at the time. It’s clear that Jadon Sancho is right up there among the top young talents in the world right now alongside his teammate Erling Braut Halaand and France sensation Kylian Mbappe. But Manchester United’s decision to continuously chase Sancho without ever planning to match the asking price was the wrong approach, and that led to a panic buy.
Edinson Cavani was one of four players that Manchester United signed on the last days of the transfer window and has since then been tagged a “panic buy” but honestly, he is not. Manchester United desperately needed a right-winger and a second option at left-back, centre back and centre forward. What a lot of people forget is that Odion Ighalo’s loan deal ends in January and come that time, Man United would have just Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood as the only outright strikers on the team. And the latter plays more on the right-wing. Thus, Edison Cavani.
What Manchester United did not need, however, was another midfield player. The team already had 6 solid options in the middle of the park. Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandez and Nemanja Matic almost always start. Scott McTominay and Fred bring energy off the bench, and Juan Mata is the calm veteran that leads the second team. The midfield position was the most complete position for Manchester United, and they still went out to get Donny Van De Beek. Now Van De Beek finished last season with double-figure goals and assists in all competitions for Ajax despite the season being ended early due to COVID, and that shows you what type of player Donny is. He’s a busy, easy-going, box-to-box midfield player who can do it all. His touch on the ball is very good, he’s constantly on the move, and he does the simple things. However, Manchester United did not need him, and that’s why he has struggled to get game time.
It’s clear that Man United started to hear the noise coming from London with Chelsea spending big on players, Manchester City had splashed on Ferran Torres and Nathan Ake; and they panicked and went out to get a player they didn’t need. So, why is Van De Beek on the bench? Well, why not.

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