Man United respond to transfer rumors involving Ruben Neves and Saul Niguez in a deadline day statement.
Manchester United had no intention of bringing in a central midfielder this summer.
After snubbing a bid for Wolves’ Ruben Neves and allowing Saul Niguez to join Chelsea, Manchester United insist it was never in their plans to buy a central midfielder in the summer transfer window.
The Red Devils have been connected with a number of midfielders, including the duo as well as West Ham defender Declan Rice.
United, on the other hand, claim that recruiting in the middle of the park was never a priority for them, instead focusing on the right wing and central defense.
They achieved their goals by signing England international Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, who can also play on the left or as a No 10, and Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane.
According to the Daily Mirror, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his coaching team wanted to focus on strengthening those two areas before chasing a new holding midfielder.
United also completed an impromptu deal with Juventus to re-sign club legend Cristiano Ronaldo, whose return was officially revealed on Tuesday.
The 36-year-old has agreed to a two-year deal paying a Premier League-best £500,000 per week, despite not being in United’s plans prior to the transfer season.
Despite this, the club made a late move after learning that one of their best ever players could be joining championship rivals Manchester City instead.
Once United became engaged, Ronaldo’s next club was obvious, with a £12.8 million fee agreed upon, bringing their total summer spending to roughly £120 million.
Despite having only Scott McTominay, Fred, and Nemanja Matic as senior options in the defensive midfield role in Solskjaer’s 4-2-3-1 set-up, United claim they never seriously targeted a midfielder despite spending big on fees and salaries to bring in Sancho, Varane, and Ronaldo, as well as bringing in Tom Heaton as a back-up goalkeeper.
According to the Mirror, individuals close to United’s summer business said their strategy was centered on “priorities and building over multiple windows,” and that spending money on a midfielder was “never the idea.”
Despite having long been linked with Wolves’ Portuguese midfielder Neves, as well as Atletico Madrid’s Saul, who instead chose to join Chelsea on deadline day.
The Blues will recruit the Spaniard on a loan deal with the intention of making it permanent in 12 months. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”