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Man United Fans Rage Against The Board After Dreadful Transfer Window

Man United Fans Rage Against The Board After Dreadful Transfer Window
By Maurice Brosnan

Manchester United's transfer window closed with a whimper today. Despite reports of late moves for Diego Godín and Jérôme Boateng, Jose Mourinho did not get his much-coveted centre-back and will instead have to do make with the same familiar faces as last season.

It was a window that saw the club fall out of the top six spenders. It also included the shock departure of head scout Javier Ribalta, the announcement by two different players that they wanted to leave the club and the sale of full-back Daley Blind. The club did sign Fred, Diogo Dalot and backup goalkeeper Lee Grant.

Throughout the window Mourinho made his displeasure at the lack of business obvious: "My CEO what I want for quite a long time, he knows what I want." The United boss pointed to their rival's spending as a warning.

Other clubs that compete with us, they are really strong, or they already have fantastic teams and squads like Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City... or they are investing massively like for example Liverpool that is buying everything and everybody.

So if we don't make our team better it will be a difficult season for us.

Mourinho's blatant plea came amidst a groundswell of anger at the antics of the Man United board. Since assuming the role of vice-chairman Ed Woodard negotiated a £750 million deal with Adidas despite Nike rejecting it within an hour and recently posted record operating profits of £80.8m. However, the lack of injection back into the club has led to a widespread resentment.

With their opening fixture just a day away, United are left with the same core squad that mustered a second place finish last season. It is a squad littered with exceptional talent, including David De Gea, Romelu Lukaku, World Cup winner Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez. The same weaknesses remain; Two aging starting full-backs, no designated right winger and no clear centre-back pairing. But beyond the football aspect, there is general unease surrounding the club both from the manager and their fans.

Ultimately, for the manager, players and fans there is a perfect short-term remedy for this ailment; on-field success. It remains to be seen if they have the required components to deliver it.

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